Human Rights in the Commonwealth

A Status Report

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

The report also includes articles on key human rights themes of global relevance.




From the very inception of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, countries now in the Commonwealth have engaged in shaping and promoting human rights. Those who wrote the Declaration included Commonwealth citizens from several countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and India. In 1948 they turned their thoughts to human dignity and the elements needed to make this dignity real.


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