The Forum is guided by a set of general principles, which inform its objectives:

  • Inclusiveness: we are an inclusive body of Commonwealth National Human Rights Institutions and other national accountability mechanisms with a human rights mandate, and we work to encourage the establishment of NHRIs and the expansion of our membership. 
  • Complementarity and non-duplication: we collaborate with existing national, regional and international bodies, to complement work on thematic issues systems and processes and to avoid duplication.
  • Strategic: our strategy is driven by our members who identify issues that inform the focus of the Forum's activity, and how we can collaborate and share information and expertise. We also encourage a mutually supportive relationship between the Commonwealth Secretariat, and between member governments for the promotion and protection of Human Rights.