COVID-19 and human rights

Responses to the human rights impact of COVID-19 from National Human Rights Institutions, and other human rights bodies.

Responding to COVID-19

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

It is a fundamental right of every person to be treated equally and to live a life free from discrimination and persecution.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Freedom of Expression, Association and Peaceful Assembly

Effective protection of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly helps foster a culture of open democracy, enables non-violent participation in public affairs, and invigorates discussions on important issues.

Freedom of expression

Sport and Human Rights

Sport occupies an important place in all of our lives. It is a key pillar of education that unites us through its promotion of dignity, respect and fair play.

Sport and Human Rights

Business and Human Rights

Business and Human Rights is fast becoming a vital area of work for National Human Rights Institutions.

Business and Human Rights

Monitoring Human Rights and the Universal Periodic Review

Monitoring a State’s performance of its international human rights obligations is an important way that national human rights institutions (NHRIs) promote and protect human rights.

Monitoring Human Rights

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About the Commonwealth Forum of National Human Rights Institutions

Find out more about us and our network of 46 organisations, all of which have a mandate to protect, promote and improve human rights.


Search this section to find publications, guides and other human rights resources produced for and by National Human Rights Institutions and other human rights bodies.

Joining forces to promote SOGI rights

Nearly two-thirds of Commonwealth countries still criminalise same-sex activity. See how we are working together to advance SOGI rights.

The Commonwealth Forum

We are a network of 46 organisations, including national human rights institutions, ombudsmen and public defenders working in five regions of the world.

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