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Mar 31, 2017 Press-releases

'Commonwealth must address human rights abuses in Cameroon’: CHRI

March 31 New Delhi The Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland has been urged to address the spiralling human rights violations in Cameroon, press President Biya to restore fundamental freedoms and refer the matter to the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG).

Mar 13, 2017 Press-releases

CHRI urges Commonwealth to resist rights abuse robustly, says Liberties and Economic growth go together

March 13, 2017  New Delhi/Accra/London Today, 52 countries celebrate Commonwealth Day and aspire for ‘A Peace-building Commonwealth’.

Oct 13, 2016 About Us


CHRI is an independent, non-partisan, international non- governmental organization. We work for the practical realisation of human rights of ordinary people in the Commonwealth.

Sep 28, 2016 Publications Strategic Initiatives

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.

Sep 21, 2016 In-the-news Strategic Initiatives

CHRI on the Maldives and India’s silence on the country’s worsening situation

  During Yameen’s visit to New Delhi on the eve of the April CMAG meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pointed at India’s role as the “net security provider” in the Indian Ocean.

Sep 19, 2016 Publications Strategic Initiatives

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.

Sep 14, 2016 Blog

Security forces raid the Maldives Independent: A CHRI perspective

Posters calling for the freedom of the exiled former president of the Maldives can still be seen in the capital.

May 27, 2016 Publications Strategic Initiatives

CHRI Memo to CMAG delegation to Maldives

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) undertook a fact-finding mission to the Maldives on November 22-26.

May 27, 2016 Publications Strategic Initiatives

Press statement - CHRI response to CMAGs statement of 20 April 2016 on the Maldives

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) welcomes the continued scrutiny of the deteriorating situation in the Maldives by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG), which serves as a watchdog group for Commonwealth countries.

May 05, 2016 Blog

Maldives: Democracy in Free Fall.

  05 May, 2016 Maldivian democracy continues on a downward spiral despite Commonwealth warnings.   A peaceful Labour Day march organised by eight Maldivian NGOs ended with police pulling protesters off public streets on 1st May 2016.