Commonwealth Model National Plan of Action on Human Rights

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While many countries seek to improve their capacity to protect and promote human rights in accordance with constitutional imperatives and Commonwealth values, they often lack a clear roadmap on how to do so. Currently, there is no single and easy-to-use model which Commonwealth countries can use as a basis for planning the process. This guide will particularly useful for those in smaller countries who wish to develop a human rights plan. The action plan makes three key points: first that full public participation in the development of a national action plan is key to a successful outcome, secondly that putting the plan into operation need not mean adding another bureaucratic layer to government, and thirdly that the model is a model only, and not intended to be prescriptive.




The Commonwealth Secretariat is the intergovernmental body serving the 53 member countries of the Commonwealth. The Human Rights Unit of the Secretariat has a mandate to assist Commonwealth members in their efforts to better promote and protect human rights, in accordance with the fundamental values of the Commonwealth, including international human rights standards. One core function of the Unit is to ascertain, consolidate, develop and promote "best practices", from around the Commonwealth, on issues concerned with human rights.


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