Human Rights in the Commonwealth

A Status Report 2010

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Human Rights in the Commonwealth 2010 presents a survey of the state of human rights, as indicated by each country’s formal engagement with the main international standards and norms, across the fifty-four member countries of the association. For each country the report details the human rights instruments ratified or acceded to, together with information on the main human rights institution in the country.

The report also highlights key initiatives being taken across the Commonwealth to protect the human rights of persons with disabilities.




Declarations about values and human rights are hollow if they are not backed by deeds. The Commonwealth’s clear commitment to human rights – restated by its Heads of Government in Trinidad and Tobago in November 2009 – cannot be taken to mean that all its members have achieved them and are observing them to the letter. But it does mean a determined commitment to pursue the goal. All members are journeying on the same path, and the information we present here is testimony to the continued work being done across the Commonwealth to advance in upholding and protecting human rights.


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