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Nov 06, 2017 Resources


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 12, 2017 Press-releases

Commonwealth Small States highlight challenges, calls for support from the community

Geneva, Sep. 12, 2017 Leading Small States of the Commonwealth today called for a more inclusive approach to human rights in the UN Human Rights Council that reflected their concerns, development interests and priorities.

Sep 11, 2017 Events

CHRI to hold panel discussion on ‘Small States at the Human Rights Council’

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) is organizing a panel discussion on the margins of the 36th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva on Sep 12, 2017.

Sep 07, 2017 Press-releases

Swiftly investigate Lankesh murder and end impunity: editors from South Asia, Australia, UK

New Delhi/London, Sept 7, 2017 An international group of editors, writers and media professionals from South Asia, the UK and Australia have joined demands seeking swift action in the murder of prominent journalist Gauri Lankesh.

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.