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.




Since the publication of the first Human Rights in the Commonwealth Status Report in 2008 the Commonwealth Secretariat has continued working with member states and stakeholders to support progress on the protection of human rights. Between November 2008 and October 2010, 39 Commonwealth states have participated in at least one human rights initiative delivered by the Secretariat and 22 new ratifications have been made to the main human rights treaties. The Commonwealth Heads of Government affirmed in 2009 their ongoing commitment to human rights as a core value of the association.


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