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  • Promoting the rule of law

    The Commonwealth has published compendium of guidelines to help enshrine the independence and impartiality of the judiciary and prevent abuses of power.

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Good governance, strong democracy, rule of law, protection of human rights and respect for diversity are Commonwealth values.

The Commonwealth works with member countries to resolve conflicts or tensions. We help consolidate and strengthen confidence in government institutions.

The Commonwealth assists governments to tackle systemic corruption by supporting the sharing of best practices, training and capacity-building and policy research. Find out more about our work in this area

Rule of law essential to sustainable development

Senior officials from across the Commonwealth have outlined their rule of law priorities for 2017. Meeting in London, representatives from 22 countries set the agenda for next year’s law ministers meeting to be held in the Bahamas.

The Harare Declaration: reflections on the landmark accord, 25 years on

Exactly a quarter of a century ago, on 20 October 1991, Commonwealth heads of government signed the historic Harare Commonwealth Declaration which defined the association’s fundamental political values.

The Commonwealth: tackling corruption

“Every dollar lost to corruption is a dollar lost to investing in a child’s education, healthcare or much needed infrastructure” - Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland.