Ahead of the CHOGM in Perth, writing in the Trinidad Express on Monday, Peter Kellner, journalist and chairman of the Royal Commonwealth Society, accuses the conference and the institution of the Commonwealth of "sleeping walking into irrelevance".
Urging it to reconsider its plans to hold the next meeting in Sri Lanka, a country that has refused to investigate credible allegations of war crimes, Kellner states,
"The Commonwealth's ability to become a respected 21st century global network rests on its commitment to democracy and human rights. For this week's meeting to confirm Sri Lanka unconditionally as hosts in two years' time would be to confirm the worst fears that the Commonwealth has utterly lost its way."
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