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Feb 04, 2020 Press-releases

As Maldives returns to Commonwealth, CHRI urges protection of human rights defenders

Feb 04, 2020 New Delhi, India Welcoming the return of the Maldives to the Commonwealth after a three-year break, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) today urged the island nation to adhere to human rights and adopt the Commonwealth (Latimer House) Principle

Apr 01, 2019 Press-releases

‘Death by stoning’ penalty draws CHRI demand to revoke Brunei membership

Istana Nurul Iman, the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, and the seat of the Brunei government New Delhi, April 1: Brunei Darussalam’s plan to introduce the death penalty by stoning for same sex relations and adultery has triggered a call from a leading Comm

Sep 26, 2018 Press-releases

Civil Society takes a stand on Cameroon – calls on Patricia Scotland and CMAG Foreign Ministers to defend Commonwealth values

London, 26th September 2018 -The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) and 27 leading civil society organisations have called for Cameroon to be added to the formal agenda of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG).

Sep 26, 2018 Publications International Advocacy and Programming

Submission to the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG)

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) joined by the undersigned Commonwealth, international, and regional civil society groups draw the attention of CMAG to the number of indiscriminate killings, arbitrary arrests, detention without recourse to justice, and torture in Cameroon.

Sep 04, 2018 Blog

Charging GST on fees payable under India's RTI Act is blatantly illegal

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Nov 06, 2017 About Us


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 21, 2017 Press-releases

CHRI draws attention to serious rights violation by Australia, Cameroon

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) has filed two submissions to the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG), drawing their attention to serious and persistent violation of the Commonwealth’s fundamental political values and UN Treaty Body obligations by its member states

Mar 31, 2017 Press-releases

'Commonwealth must address human rights abuses in Cameroon’: CHRI

March 31 New Delhi The Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland has been urged to address the spiralling human rights violations in Cameroon, press President Biya to restore fundamental freedoms and refer the matter to the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG).

Mar 13, 2017 Press-releases

CHRI urges Commonwealth to resist rights abuse robustly, says Liberties and Economic growth go together

March 13, 2017  New Delhi/Accra/London Today, 52 countries celebrate Commonwealth Day and aspire for ‘A Peace-building Commonwealth’.

Sep 28, 2016 Publications International Advocacy and Programming

CHRI responds to Commonwealth watchdog’s opinion on the Maldives

The situation in the Maldives continues to worsen. But the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG), the watchdog appointed by the Commonwealth to guard democratic values in member states, continues to bark but not bite. CHRI responds to the latest review of the Maldives by CMAG.