Commonwealth Summit 2013 & Eminent Persons Report
Posted on November 6th, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada

4 November 2011

The Editor (Letters)
THE OTTAWA CITIZEN

Sir:

It is a bit presumptuous, strange and tawdry for Canada to add pressure on Sri Lanka and wanting to boycott the Colombo’s Commonwealth Summit in 2013 spelling out alleged violations  of Human Rights during the final phase of the Tamil Tiger terrorist war as the reason when Canada allowed the Tamil Diaspora fund one-third of the war-budget by stuffing two million dollars a month into the war chest during the 13 Liberal governing years. Our presumptuous “We are Holier than Thou” attitude is a bit too much to swallow.

As for the Eminent Persons Group Report, primarily providing for a Commonwealth Charter and establishing a new post by appointing a Commissioner for Democracy, Rule of Law and Human Rights had reasons to be questioned as  it would be detrimental to its intrusive nature of developing countries, which have been violated by developed  Commonwealth countries like Canada,  UK and India as seen in Sri Lanka.  I now understand why 43 of the Report’s 106 recommendations which deemed to be controversial were questioned for its validity.

Asoka Weerasinghe

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