Good governance, strong democracy, rule of law, protection of human rights and respect for diversity are Commonwealth values.
The Commonwealth Secretariat works with member countries to resolve conflicts or tensions. We help consolidate good governance and strengthen confidence in public institutions.
We work with governments and partners in civil society to strengthen the protection and promotion of human rights globally.
We assist governments to tackle systemic corruption by supporting the sharing of best practices, training and capacity-building.
We support international and national strategies to counter violent extremism and to reduce the vulnerabilities of at-risk communities.
Commonwealth law ministers have unanimously resolved to remove barriers to access to justice in their respective countries, and to deliver Sustainable Development Goal 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions by 2030.
A robust framework for resolving cross-border commercial disputes can help unlock valuable trade and investment opportunities for Commonwealth countries.
Access to justice for everyone in all communities is an important right and requirement for building fair and peaceful societies – yet this objective has been achieved in few if any nations, and the consequences are damaging for social, economic and political progress and stability.
People must have faith in the justice system for the rule of law to work, according to the Commonwealth Secretary-General. Patricia Scotland spoke at the opening ceremony of Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka, joined by the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Minister of Justice and Prison Reform Thalatha Atukorale, Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya, Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya and more than 150 international delegates.
Community actors in Malawi are set to benefit from a special training programme aimed at enhancing local skills in dialogue and dispute resolution.
A Commonwealth handbook launched today will help East African judicial officers proactively handle cases of violence against women and girls (VAWG), which affects up to one in three women in their lifetime.