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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.

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The Human Rights Unit and Contacts

The Human Rights Unit of the Commonwealth Secretariat works to increase awareness of, and respect for, human rights in the Commonwealth. Declarations by leaders at the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting provide the mandate for the strategic framework on which the work of the Secretariat’s Human Rights Unit is based. These declarations have reaffirmed the commitment of governments to the advancement of fundamental human rights as a core political value of the Commonwealth. The initiatives and activities of the Human Rights Unit continue to evolve to meet the needs and concerns of the Commonwealth.

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