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. 
  • Collaboration: 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 encourage a mutually supportive relationship between the Commonwealth Secretariat, and between member governments for the promotion and protection of Human Rights.