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Secretary-General welcomes Brunei death penalty moratorium

5 May 2019

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has welcomed reports the government of Brunei Darussalam has placed a full moratorium on the death penalty, inclusive of the Syariah Penal Code Order (SPCO).

Observer Group re-deployed to Belize

4 May 2019

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has re-deployed a Commonwealth Observer Group to observe the referendum in Belize. The referendum was originally scheduled for 10 April, but subsequently postponed to 8 May 2019.

Commonwealth and Malta to establish new desk to enhance voluntary sector

4 May 2019

A new agreement between the Commonwealth and the Government of Malta will promote the sharing of knowledge and solutions to strengthen the voluntary sector in member countries.

Former South African president Thabo Mbeki to lead Commonwealth Observer Group for Malawi elections

3 May 2019

A Commonwealth group has been appointed to observe the 2019 Malawi Tripartite elections. It will be led by Thabo Mbeki, the second post-Apartheid South African President.

Reforms required if elections are to withstand on-line challenges

1 May 2019

The Commonwealth hosted a partner’s forum at this week’s World Press Freedom Day conference in Addis Ababa to discuss threats to the electoral process from information and communication technology.

Kenya trade summit to focus on small and medium scale business

29 April 2019

Senior policy-makers, business leaders and owners will meet in Kenya next month to promote trade and investment between small and medium businesses across the Commonwealth

Secretary-General calls for climate action as new cyclone devastates Mozambique

26 April 2019

The Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, has expressed her profound sadness at the devastation caused by Cyclone Kenneth which has ravaged Mozambique today

Uganda conference tackles corruption in Africa

26 April 2019

Africa's leading corruption-fighters will meet in Uganda next week to discuss and share intelligence on how they are tackling the issue across the continent.

How the 1949 London Declaration paved the way for a stronger Commonwealth

25 April 2019

The modern Commonwealth is celebrating 70 years of vibrant life. Its rich history includes decisive action to end white minority rule in South Africa; strong support for effective democracy through election observations and peace-building initiatives; relentless advocacy for groups such as women and young people; significant voice for small and vulnerable countries and visionary leadership on emerging issues such as climate change and trade connectivity.

Commonwealth Foundation names new Director-General

25 April 2019

Australian human rights lawyer and scholar Anne Therese Gallagher has been appointed as the new Director-General of the Commonwealth Foundation

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