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    The Commonwealth has published compendium of guidelines to help enshrine the independence and impartiality of the judiciary and prevent abuses of power.

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Governance

Good governance, strong democracy, rule of law, protection of human rights and respect for diversity are Commonwealth values.

The Commonwealth Secretariat works with member countries to resolve conflicts or tensions. We help consolidate good governance and strengthen confidence in public institutions.

We work with governments and partners in civil society to strengthen the protection and promotion of human rights globally.

We assist governments to tackle systemic corruption by supporting the sharing of best practices, training and capacity-building. 

We support international and national strategies to counter violent extremism and to reduce the vulnerabilities of at-risk communities.

Assist us further, say Sri Lanka’s human rights commissioners

Sri Lanka needs further help to strengthen its human rights promotion and protection. That's according to the country’s Human Rights Commission, which has called on the Commonwealth Secretariat for technical assistance.

Commonwealth advises Botswana on set-up of law reform unit

A team of Commonwealth experts has been working with the government of Botswana to improve its legal system.

“It’s time for a Caribbean state to take the lead on human rights”

Policy experts from across the Caribbean will work towards strengthening human rights commitments in the region this week.