Boycotting the Commonwealth Summit in Colombo next week could help to pressure the Sri Lankan Government to address alleged war crimes against Tamil civilians, peace campaigner and Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu said.
“If there are enough reasons to suggest that the Sri Lanka government have not been doing things with integrity, I think the world has to apply all the screws that it can,” Reuters quoted Tutu as saying in New Delhi today.
“And a boycott of the CHOGM could be one of them.” Tutu added that it was also important to know how Tamils themselves felt about a boycott of the summit.
“I am saying ‘Yes, maybe they (the heads of governments) shouldn’t go’ and I would be guided what the Tamils there would be saying on the issue,” he was quoted as saying in the report.
Archbishop Tutu is the chairman of The Elders, a group of prominent former world leaders which was started by Nelson Mandela to advocate on humanitarian issues.