Police Reforms

Too important to neglect, too urgent to delay

Prison Reforms

Behind Bars Not Beyond Justice

Access to Information

Our Rights, Our Information

Strategic Initiatives Programme

Human Rights Advocacy Across the Commonwealth

CHRI Accra

Promoting Access to Information and Access to Justice in Africa

What We Do

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) is an independent, non-partisan, international non-governmental organisation, mandated to ensure the practical realisation of human rights in the countries of the Commonwealth. In 1987, several Commonwealth associations founded CHRI because they felt that while the member countries had both a common set of values and legal principles from which to work and a forum within which to promote human rights, there was relatively little focus on human rights issues

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Access To Information

Our Access to information programme advocates for the realisation of people’s basic human right to access information from government and other public bodies in Commonwealth countries. Read More

Strategic Initiatives Program

The strategic Initiatives Programme (SIP) oversees CHRI’s broad mandate of working for the practical realisation of human rights in the countries of the Commonwealth. Read More

Access to Justice

The extremes of poverty and wealth and the extreme power chasm between citizens and those in power has led to unbalanced, corrupt, power-hungry, decrepit and failing justice systems in many of the Commonwealth countries. Read More



Blog: The Human Writes Initiative

Latest NEWS

Access to Justice

  • Feb 09, 2016

Abuse Of Force

There are many ways to interpret the video footage of the recent brutal police beating of protesters in Delhi. The first and most charitable version is that the police were faced with hoards of rioters bent on arson and loot and had no choice but to defend life and property as is their solemn duty.


Access to Information

  • Jan 29, 2016

Parrikar sought opinion of Goa Governor to be given in RTI

While governments oppose in courts the disclosure of Governor's reports to the Centre, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, as Leader of Opposition in Goa Assembly in 2007, had filed an RTI application seeking disclosure of state Governor's report.


Strategic Initiatives

  • Dec 14, 2015

Will the Commonwealth finally step up in Sri Lanka?

The 2015 edition of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which was held in Malta from November 27 to 29, marked the 50th anniversary of the Commonwealth’s reincarnation as an intergovernmental association.



The State of Policing and Law & Order in Delhi

Date:  15 December, 2015 at 3:00PM
Venue:  Press Club of India, 1 Raisina Road, New Delhi

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