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Programme Officer, International Advocacy Programme (monitors human rights performance of Commonwealth member-states, in-country and at international forums)

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) is an independent, non-partisan, international human rights NGO based in New Delhi, India, has offices in London, UK and Accra, Ghana, and working for the practical realization of human rights in the countries of the Commonwealth.

Sep 26, 2018 Press-releases

Maldives result affirmation of ordinary peoples belief in democratic processes: CHRI

Sept 26, 2018 New Delhi, India The peaceful vote for change in the Maldives Presidential elections is an affirmation of ordinary people in democratic processes and in upholding of dignity and rule of law, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) said here today.

Feb 05, 2018 Press-releases

Respect Supreme Court ruling, exercise restraint: CHRI to Maldives

Feb 4, 2018 New Delhi,India Disturbed by reports of clashes between security forces and demonstrators in the Maldives over the country’s Supreme Court verdict freeing political prisoners, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) has urged the government to exercise restraint, respec

Feb 02, 2018 Press-releases

South Asian groups welcome Maldives Supreme Court order to release political prisoners

Feb 02, 2018 New Delhi, India The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) and the South Asia Media Defenders Network (SAMDEN ) welcome the decision by the Maldives’ Supreme Court for the release of all political prisoners.

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 International Advocacy and Programming

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.