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May 03, 2023 Press-releases

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) urges Commonwealth leaders to protect press freedom

London, 3 May 2023: On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) reaffirms that principles of press freedom are indispensable to the protection of all other human rights.

Mar 15, 2023 Publications International Advocacy and Programming


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

Feb 03, 2023 Publications International Advocacy and Programming

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 inves

Nov 20, 2022 Press-releases

‘Inclusion, for every child’ requires strong steps by Commonwealth leaders to end child labour and trafficking: CHRI

London, November 20, 2022: On World Children’s Day 2022, the Commonwealth Human RIghts Initiative urges Commonwealth nations to take strong steps to end child labour and trafficking, in order to pave the way for “inclusion, for every child”.

Jul 30, 2022 Press-releases

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons: Still a long way to go to achieve SDG Target 8.7

London, July 30 - Today is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. As we observe this day, we note that contemporary forms of slavery, including human trafficking, continues to be a heinous crime impacting women, men and children across the world. From the 40.

Jul 21, 2022 Press-releases

Togo and Gabon’s Admission to the Commonwealth: Member States Must Uphold Commonwealth Standards of Human Rights and Democracy

London, July 21 - With the recent addition of Togo and Gabon as the 55th and 56th members of the Commonwealth, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) reiterates the need for Member States to comply with the fundamental principles and values as enshrined in Commonwealth frameworks, including

Jun 22, 2022 Blog

Pre-trial justice in the Commonwealth – challenges for 2022

June 22, 2022 By: Catherine Heard[1] According to the current prison occupancy levels shown on our World Prison Brief database, over 60% of Commonwealth countries are running their prison systems above official capacity – many of them at well over 150% of capacity.

Jun 16, 2022 Press-releases


London 16 June 2022 - The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) will participate in events planned around the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) scheduled for 21 - 25 June in Kigali, Rwanda.

Jun 21, 2022 Publications Prison Reform

Message from the Chair of our International Board on the Release of CHRI’s CHOGM 2022 Report

The presumption of innocence, as affirmed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is one of the most fundamental human rights principles. Yet, of the 1.5 million prisoners detained across the Commonwealth more than 0.5 million are pre-trial detainees.

Jun 14, 2022 Publications International Advocacy and Programming

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 202