“We sincerely hope that you will review your decision to attend CHOGM 2013 in Sri Lanka; but if you do attend we earnestly hope that you will make a clear public statement about these issues and take the opportunity to visit the north and see for yourself the conditions there. ” the UK All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPGT) wrote to the Prime Minister David Cameron.
The members of the APPGT Lee Scott MP, Siobhan McDonagh MP, Simon Hughes MP, Virenda Sharma MP ,Gavin Barwell MP, Robert Halfon MP and John Mann MP today sent a letter to Cameron and still waiting for a reply.
The All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPGt) would like to convey their disappointment on the decision to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka. We have held meetings with the Minister to inform him of this, they said.
“The APPGt believe that Sri Lanka has failed on the fundamental values of the Commonwealth, such as Democracy, Human Rights, Tolerance, Respect and Understanding, Separation of Powers, Rule of Law, Freedom of Expression and Good Governance. On these bases, the Foreign Affairs Committee in its report in November 2012, urged you to announce your unwillingness to attend the CHOGM in Sri Lanka; this call has been echoed by many other independent organisations. We believe that if Sri Lanka is allowed to host the CHOGM 2013, it would undermine the Commonwealth founding principles and the Charter of the Commonwealth, which was signed by Her Majesty the Queen; and which the UK is committed to.” they further wrote.
We publish below the letter in full;