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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.

February 28, 2022

HRC49: Open Letter To States On The Draft Resolution On Human Rights Defenders

CHRI is one of the signatories to this statement at the HRC signed by numerous CSOs urging the HRC to adopt a resolution "on human rights defenders operating in conflict and post-conflict situations.

December 10, 2021

Domestic Work is Work: Using ILO Convention 189 to Protect Workers Rights Across the Commonwealth

2021 marks the 10th anniversary of the Domestic Workers Convention (C189) - a landmark international treaty requiring decent work for domestic workers.

September 21, 2021

Government Compliance with Supreme Court Directives On Police Reforms: An Assessment ( 2021)

This note is a quantitative assessment of the status of compliance by states and union territories with the Supreme Court directives on police reforms on paper (as provided for in the Police Act or the government order).This note grades the states/UTs on compliance based on a set of specific parameters for each directive. It does not address implementation on the ground.

September 21, 2021

CHRI at HRC48: Oral Statement in the Interactive Dialogue with the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (Agenda Item 3)

20 September 2021, Geneva: CHRI made a video intervention in the Interactive Dialogue with the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) at the 48th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).    The WGAD report was presented by Ms. Elina Steinerte, the Chair-Rapporteur of the Group.

September 20, 2021

CHRI at HRC48: Oral Statement in the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery (Agenda Item 3)

17 September 2021, Geneva: CHRI made a video intervention in the Interactive Dialogue with Mr. Tomoya Obokata, the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences at the 48th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).    The statement was based on CHRI's analysis of Mr.

July 09, 2021

CHRI at HRC47: Oral statement in UPR Report Consideration of Saint Kitts and Nevis (Agenda Item 6)

9 July 2021, Geneva: CHRI was among the five civil society organisations that submitted an video statement in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Report Consideration of Saint Kitts and Nevis at the 47th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. In the statement delivered by Ms.