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.



Universal Periodic Review

Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a new United Nations human rights mechanism that started in 2008. It will examine the human rights records of all 192 UN member states once every four years. It is an inter-governmental process where countries sitting on the Human Rights Council (HRC) assess the human rights record of each country in turn. This is a new approach, and a departure from the assessments made by the UN human rights treaty bodies, which are made up of independent experts.


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