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.



Strengthening National Human Rights Institutions: The Commonwealth Forum of National Human Rights Institutions

As the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (CFNHRI), I would like to applaud the significant role that national human rights institutions (NHRIs) play in the promotion and protection of human rights at the national level. NHRIs are national institutions established by governments but independent from them with a mandate to preserve, promote and protect human rights. Different approaches are taken to fulfil this important aim, such as investigating human rights violations, holding governments accountable for their human rights failures and providing human rights training to key state actors.


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