Toronto, ON - November 27, 2009 -
Auckland, Canberra, London, Toronto -
Cause, the alliance of Commonwealth republican
movements, is calling on the Commonwealth leaders
meeting in Trinidad and Tobago this week, to demonstrate
a stronger commitment to its own core values.
Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) summit is a
chance for member states to build a stronger and more
progressive Commonwealth committed to the principles of
democracy, equality and the promotion of fundamental
Contrary to these aims, the reigning British monarch
holds the position of Head of the Commonwealth and
remains the head of state in 16 of the 53 member states,
a status gained undemocratically and at the expense of
fundamental democratic rights.
address this contradiction, Common Cause will be
expanding its network by supporting similar movements in
any country that still retains a constitutional link to
the British monarchy.
also calling for an end to the colonial era and for
Queen Elizabeth to step down as Head of the
significant that Trinidad & Tobago, host country of this
year's CHOGM, has already achieved the republican goal
of replacing the British monarch with one of its own
citizens as head of state.
alliance has also called on Commonwealth members to
debate whether the position of Head of the Commonwealth
is necessary and, if it is, how the position should be
Allowing the monarchy to maintain its privileged
position in an organization committed to ending
inequality, discrimination and poverty is inappropriate
up with 21st century values, Prime Minister Harper and
all leaders meeting at CHOGM 2009 need to begin planning
for a Commonwealth without the British monarchy.
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