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CHOGM 2013: Boycott.

Canada and India will not be sending their leaders to the bi-annual photo op with British Royalty.

Sri Lanka is host and the now hot topic of human rights abuses committed by Government forces during that long and bloody war with Tamil seperatists.

Problem is that most of the Commonwealth has skeletons in the closet like this.

Will the saying What goes around Comes around, affect a future CWGs bid in future for Canada and India?

The Commonwealth can be a vindictive group as poor old Scotland, through no fault of it's own, found out back in 1986?

Prehaps not attending CHOGM is worse as now Canada, once seen as a major influence in the Commonwealth, seems to be shrinking back and focussing on it's future as a NAFTA and APEC partner.

As Usual...New Zealand and Australia who are always bailed up on international issues have been asked not to send their leaders. But both are going anyway as for NZ it could cost a place on next year's UN Security council seat grab as well as rebuilding Fonterra's battered reputation. For Australia, they have the ongoing issue of boat people that generate from this region. Tony Abbott, the new kid on the block, needs to make an impression.

Just some thoughts.

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I can see some of their reasoning in not attending the summit, but the only way to start making changes is to turn up to theses things and pressure the leaders personally.

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Mauritius has also boycotted.

India has a large Tamil population and off course that factored into the decision by India. Canada also has a large Tamil community concentrated in Greater Toronto Area, a traditional Liberal stronghold. Part of me sees this is a vote grabbing opportunity by the Harper government.

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I can see some of their reasoning in not attending the summit, but the only way to start making changes is to turn up to theses things and pressure the leaders personally.

That'd be fine if the statements from Cameron, Hague were stronger and their demands for action louder. And that point of view also discounts the fact the Sri Lanka has essentially been using this summit as a PR exercise. Channel 4's journalism to find out what happened at the end of this war has been excellent, and they've pursued it despite being hounded at every turn (even today, a train with their reporters on board was stopped by a mob of government supporters so they couldn't reach the summit). Every attendee at this summit has been handed this delightful book which argues that Channel 4's evidence of mass-killings of innocents (verified by independent experts and the UN) are lies...

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Have you ever seen such an unsubtle attempt at propaganda? Is this government really open to outside pressure when they're still denying they had anything to do with the mass-killings?

Let's hope behind closed doors something's actually happening, because all I can see at the moment is a lot of World Leaders turning up at a carefully co-ordinated political show that will benefit a government with a lot of its own people's blood on its hands.

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