April 13, 2018

Creating an Effective Coalition to Achieve Sdg 8.7

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM) can be defining momentsin Commonwealth history. 1971 is remembered for the Singapore Declaration, the 1991 for the Harare Declaration, and 1995 for the Millbrook Commonwealth Action Plan.

July 06, 2017

CHRI contributes chapter on SDG16 in 'Civil Society Report on SDGs: Agenda 2030

Trinanjan Radhakrishnan, Programme Officer in the SIP speaking at the launch of the report, on the 6th of July 2017, at the Constitution Club of India.   'Civil Society Report on SDGs: Agenda 2030', was an initiative anchored by Wada Na Todo Abhiyan.

June 19, 2017


This report considers Commonwealth members’ voting patterns at the HRC and provides a basis for evaluating their engagement with the HRC to determine whether their voting behaviour is consistent with: HRC pledges, repeated commitments to Commonwealth values, votes of other Commonwealth countries, and their own past votes.

December 02, 2016

Today is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery : CHRI calls for an end to modern Slavery

On the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery we are launching an online petition, in partnership with Walk Free, to support Commonwealth action against Modern Slavery. This is vital because Modern Slavery is a Commonwealth issue. Across our 52 countries the Global Slavery Index estimates 24.9 million men, women, and children are living in slavery.

October 21, 2016

CHRI marks 25th anniversary of the Harare Declaration

CHRI called on the Secretary-General, intergovernmental institutions, 52 member governments, and all Commonwealth Accredited Organisations to mark yesterday’s anniversary by committing to actively promoting and defending the values as laid out in the Harare Declaration and Commonwealth Charter.

September 29, 2016

CHRI Releases Updated Human Rights Advocacy Guide

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) today released an updated handbook on human rights advocacy in the Commonwealth. Our last edition was published in 2005. We work slowly but surely… That said, this recent handbook comes at a time when civil society is fast diminishing across the globe.

September 28, 2016

CHRI responds to Commonwealth watchdog’s opinion on the Maldives

The situation in the Maldives continues to worsen. But the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG), the watchdog appointed by the Commonwealth to guard democratic values in member states, continues to bark but not bite. CHRI responds to the latest review of the Maldives by CMAG.

September 19, 2016

CHRI, in a report, draws attention to dire situation in the Maldives

This submission from the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) draws attention to serious failures of the Maldives government to make progress on priority areas identified by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) in February 2016.

September 09, 2016

CHRI sends submission to the National Human Rights Commission

This CHRI submission to the National Consultation of National Human Rights Commission of India (NHRC) for India’s 3rd Universal Periodic Review (UPR) includes information on the following areas: overcrowding of prisoners, strengthening legal aid services, custodial violence, access to prison, foreign national prisoners, strengthening police complaints authority, transparency in criminal just

June 08, 2016

Easier Said than Done Sierra Leone

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative brought out the 2016 edition of Easier Said Than Done