April 28, 2024

Joint Statement from the Commonwealth Trade Union Group (CTUG), Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) to mark International Workers' Memorial Day and the International Labour Organization’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2024.

This year’s theme ‘The impacts of climate change on occupational safety and health’ seeks a drastic shift in political priorities, policy coherence and agenda setting to address climate change, occupational safety and health hazards and risks to workers.

March 15, 2023


86 ORGANIZATIONS REITERATE CALL FOR AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION Rwandan authorities must allow an independent, impartial and effective investigation into the death of the Rwandan journalist John Williams Ntwali, 86 civil society organizations and media associations said today, reiterating a 31 January appeal.

March 13, 2023

Commonwealth Day 2023: Member States must honour and implement commitments made in Commonwealth Charter

London, Accra, New Delhi: On this Commonwealth Day, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative urges Member States to take stock of their commitments on human rights, good governance and the rule of law, and work together to ensure the realisation of human rights across the Commonwealth.

March 09, 2023

Global Supply Chains & COVID-19. Exposing exploitation in the personal protective equipment sector in Malaysia and Australia

The COVID-19 pandemic diminished the enjoyment of human rights across the globe, increasing the risk of human trafficking, forced labour and other forms of exploitation. The pandemic also generated a boom in the demand for personal protective equipment (PPE), a manufacturing sector that was notorious for poor working conditions.

March 08, 2023

Digital gender gap is a barrier to women’s full participation in society

On this International Women’s Day, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) and the Commonwealth 8.7 Network call upon Commonwealth Member States to bridge the digital gender gap and ensure that women across the Commonwealth are able to reap the benefits of digital technologies.

February 03, 2023

Rwandan Authorities Should Ensure an Independent Investigation into John Williams Ntwali’s Death

Joint Statement by 100 Civil Society Organizations and Press Associations January 31, 2023 – Rwandan authorities should allow an independent, impartial, and effective investigation, drawing on international expertise, into the death of John Williams Ntwali, a leading investigative journalist, over 100 civil society organizations and media associations said today.

December 20, 2022

Children, not workers: community based responses to child labour in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic

This new report of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative explores interventions to tackle child labour in three Commonwealth countries – Ghana, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago. Despite national and international efforts, child labour remains one of the biggest challenges to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG Target 16.

September 11, 2022

On the Passing of Queen Elizabeth II

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative joins other organisations in the Commonwealth family to express sadness at the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and sends its condolences to members of her family. Described by Commonwealth leaders as having lived a life of dignity and service, one of the most noteworthy features of Queen Elizabeth’s reign was her role as head of the Commonwealth.

June 16, 2022

Joint Statement on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking For Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2022

Joint Statement on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking For Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2022 Endorsed by Global, Regional, National Civil Society Organisations[1] June 2022 Modern slavery encompasses practices which include human trafficking, forced labour, debt bondage, domestic servitude, forced marriage, and the worst forms of child labour,

June 14, 2022

Call for Commonwealth Leaders to Speak Up for Rights of Rwandans

Joint Letter to Commonwealth Heads of Government Dear Commonwealth Heads of Government, We, the undersigned civil society organisations, express our grave concerns about the human rights situation in Rwanda as it prepares to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in June 2022.