LEGISLATORS Margaret Ng, Christine Loh and Elizabeth Wong have taken the initiative to put Hong Kong's case to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). This is the last opportunity to do so before Hong Kong leaves the British Commonwealth. It is an opportunity which these outspoken women are among the least likely of our elected representatives to waste. However, unlike the team which lobbied the United Nations for continued reporting on human rights after 1997, the delegation is not speaking on behalf of the whole Legislative Council. That is a pity. On the face of it, there is little to object to in their calls for continued links with Commonwealth non-governmental organisations, since the Joint Declaration specifically refers to Hong Kong's right to participate in international organisations and conferences 'not limited to states'. This is of enormous importance to Hong Kong. So, too, is the call for the promised high degree of autonomy, the importance of the rule of law, continued freedom of expression and the grant of full UK citizenship to ethnic minorities to be included in the official CHOGM communique. These are not issues the Commonwealth can brush aside for fear China will accuse it of internationalising the Hong Kong debate. Hong Kong is still in the Commonwealth. It would be a sad reflection on Commonwealth solidarity if member states baulked at this last gesture of friendship.