CHOGM 2015 to be held in Malta as Mauritius pulls out
The next CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) 2015 will be held in Malta. The south European nation invited the Commonwealth to hold the summit after Mauritius pulled out in protest against the decision to hold this year’s gathering in Sri Lanka despite an international protests over alleged rights violations and war crimes.
Earlier, Mauritius was to host the biennial meet in 2015 but Prime Minister Navin Chandra Ramgoolam said just ahead of the Colombo summit that it no longer wanted to stage the event, citing Sri Lanka’s human rights record.
The international pressure on Sri Lanka is aggravating over alleged human rights abuses committed by the army against Tamils during the final phase of nearly three-decade long war against the LTTE that ended in 2009.
The Prime Ministers of India and Canada also didn’t attend this year’s summit over the same issue.