The Commonwealth’s decision to hold a heads of government meeting in the Sri Lankan city of Colombo was wrong, according to a new report, the politics reports.
The committee urged the prime minister to publically refuse to attend the meeting unless he receives “convincing and independently-verified evidence of substantial and sustainable improvements in human and political rights in Sri Lanka”.
The country’s 26-year-long civil war ended in 2009, but hundreds of people remain detained.
Arbitrary and illegal detention and enforced disappearances are routine in Sri Lanka.
The report said the moral authority of the Commonwealth has “too often been undermined by the repressive actions of member governments”.