By J. S. Tissainayagam –
British Prime Minister David Cameron’s presence at last week’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) facilitated coverage that might not have been possible otherwise for media organisations. But if the human rights and war crimes issues highlighted by the international media are to be redressed and Commonwealth values and international law upheld, the band-aid solution proposed by the Sri Lanka government and aided by the Commonwealth Secretariat has to be dismissed. Instead, what is required is implementing an international investigation into war crimes.
Cameron’s answer to his critics demanding his boycott of CHOGM was that he wanted to shine a light on human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. By taking the British media with him to Jaffna and adopting the position that Sri Lanka needed to have an independent domestic inquiry into war crimes in order to avoid international censure, he assumed a controversial roleat the centre of the drama, which was a godsend to the cameras.