Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) is organising a unique set of civil society events from 11-18 April 2018 alongside the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London.
These events will see the launch of its report on SDG 8.7 (often described as Modern Slavery) by Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi, as well as a panel on Small States where Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minster of Fiji and President of COP-23, will be a speaker. Another highlight is the first ever festival of films from the Commonwealth with a focus on human rights, in partnership with the Commonwealth Foundation, scheduled for April 14-15 at the British Museum. Ti find out more about the events programme, visit www.humanrightsinitiative.org
A Commonwealth and ECOSOC-accredited international NGO, headquartered in New Delhi, with offices in London and Accra, CHRI’s principal areas of advocacy and sustained work are Access to Information and Access to Justice. The latter has a clear focus on Police and Prison Reforms and both these programmes have a geographic emphasis on South Asia and Africa.
CHRI has worked in partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat and other organisations over the past decades for the realisation of human rights across the Commonwealth. It has done so through robust research and advocacy for changes in its principal areas of interest, by connecting policy issues to field realities, partnering and where necessary opposing policies that harm individual and group rights.
CHRI grew out of a widespread boycott of the 1986 Commonwealth Games by many countries opposed to the apartheid regime in South Africa. At the time, several Commonwealth organisations including the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, the Commonwealth Lawyers Association ,and the Commonwealth Journalists Association came together to start CHRI in an effort to uphold equality and human rights everywhere.