About Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI)
CHRI works for the realisation of human rights across Commonwealth countries. It works at the transect of human rights and governance in the belief that while human rights sets the universal normative standard, good governance and democracy ensure human rights are realised. Through advocacy and robust research, it endeavours to ensure systems of governance adhere to these principles and access to remedies for violations of rights are available to all. CHRI engages where it can and confronts where it must.
We seek to ensure systems of governance adhere to the rule of law, accountability, transparency, inclusion and human rights. Through capacity development, convening and advocacy with stakeholders, civil society groups and networks, CHRI aims to strengthen voices of the Global South to hold their governments accountable to the promises of Goal 16. As a rightful stakeholder, citizen and civil society engagement and participation is crucial for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
CHRI believes the pillars of good governance rest on accountability, transparency, participation and respect for diversity and dissent. We focus on systems and processes rather than remedying individual violations. We concentrate our attention in particular to improved access to justice and access to information. By increasing accountability, transparency and pressing governments to reform criminal justice systems, CHRI works to uphold human rights and good governance in India, South Asia and the Commonwealth. Since the inauguration of the 2030 Agenda, CHRI has been involved in advocating for Goal 16. It convened a meeting of Commonwealth civil society organisations on SDG 16 on the side-lines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November 2015; advocated for recognising the interlinkages between SDG 16 and other global goals under review during the Asia-pacific Forum for Sustainable Development (APFSD) in March 2017; anchored Goal 16 for the Indian civil society coalition’s, Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (Don’t Break the Promise Campaign), alternate SDG report during India’s VNR at HLPF 2017; and sustained engagement with UN agencies and government bodies for developing relevant and comprehensive national SDG indicator framework for effective monitoring, reporting and implementation of Goal 16 targets. At CHOGM this year, CHRI also launched a report on crating and effective coalition to achieve SDG 8.7 in the Commonwealth. Later in 2018, CHRI will release its report on India’s progress on SDG 16— its targets, indicators and baseline data.