CHRI’s London office (registered charity no. 803325) is uniquely positioned to influence human rights in the Commonwealth. Our presence in London puts us at the heart of Commonwealth activity – this was particularly the case in the lead-up to the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the United Kingdom. The London office has been leading research and advocacy work on achieving SDG 8.7 within the Commonwealth since 2016, including its leading advocacy to achieve Commonwealth action on SDG 8.7 at CHOGM 2018. This summit also saw the UK designated as the Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth for a period of two years, creating a unique moment when both the Chair-in-Office and the official Commonwealth bodies are both in the same location.
CHRI London works through targeted engagement with the Commonwealth Secretariat, Commonwealth institutions and organisations, as well as Member States through their diplomatic missions in London. Our strategy for the period 2016-2020 focuses on holding the Commonwealth to account on human rights commitments; amplifying the work of CHRI through Commonwealth liaison; and strengthening the Commonwealth’s core concern for human rights.
These priorities build upon the strong record of CHRI London, which we have built since our activism during the Nigerian dictatorships of the 1990s, and more recently through our influence in relation to post-conflict Sri Lanka, as well as leading advocacy for Commonwealth action on the deteriorating situation in the Maldives, which was key to the Maldives inclusion on the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group Agenda.
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