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Aug 07, 2017 In-the-news Strategic Initiatives

Commonwealth Small States at the UN Human Rights Council

Small states make up the majority of the Commonwealth; 32 out of 52. However, while 15 of 20 members not classed as small states have been elected to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), only four of the 32 small states have served.

Jul 21, 2017 Press-releases

Halt first executions in 60 years: CHRI to the Maldives

Commonwealth NGO calls on the island nation to maintain death penalty moratorium.

Jun 20, 2017 Press-releases

Experts call on Commonwealth to build Human Rights capacity of members

CHRI’s HRC side event – Report Release of ‘Missed Opportunities: The Commonwealth at the Human Rights Council: A Decade of Voting (2006-2016)’ 20th June 2017 Geneva Senior international human rights experts have urged the Commonwealth to develop capacity and training

Apr 25, 2017 Press-releases

CHRI condemns killing of Maldives Human Rights Defender

NEW DELHI April 24, 2017 The murder of Yameen Rasheed, a popular social media blogger and activist, on 23rd April 2017 is the most recent in a series of attacks against government critics in the Maldives.

Dec 06, 2016 Blog

Maldives departs the Commonwealth: An in-depth analysis

By Trinanjan Radhakrishnan The Maldives’ departure from the Commonwealth leaves no doubt that the government is not committed to upholding the values of democracy and respect for human rights.

Oct 24, 2016 In-the-news Strategic Initiatives

Maldives has left The Commonwealth. Our comment asks for continued monitoring

Democratic values and human rights in the Maldives have been severely compromised in recent times, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative has found. In light of the country’s recent decision to leave the Commonwealth, the situation in the island nation needs closer scrutiny than ever before.

Oct 16, 2016 Press-releases

Maldives decision aimed at stifling democracy

A group of Human Rights organizations and activists from South Asia, expressing disappointment at the decision of the Maldives to leave the Commonwealth, says this could lead to greater authoritarianism in the island nation.

Oct 13, 2016 In-the-news Strategic Initiatives

Maldives quits the Commonwealth

In a surprise move the Maldivian government announced it would quit the Commonwealth, the Maldives Independent has reported.

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.

Oct 04, 2016 In-the-news Strategic Initiatives

Diplomat Says India Detached from Gross Abuses in Maldives

The Maldives has come under the scrutiny of two international human rights organizations, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative and Amnesty International.