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Commonwealth Secretary-General joins international figures to honour memory of Nelson Mandela at memorial service Image of Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma and South Africa President Jacob Zuma

12 December 2013

The world joins South Africa from near and far to mourn the death of Nelson Mandela.

Bangladesh: sentencing by the International Crimes Tribunal

10 December 2013

On International Human Rights Day, the Secretary-General today urges careful and full consideration of all national constitutional provisions and due legal process in relation to the conviction and sentencing to death of any Commonwealth citizen.

Training prison officials on human rights in prison management Prisoners

Educating people about human rights, especially those in positions of authority, is fundamental to protecting and promoting them.

"Nelson Mandela, a man of the Commonwealth who touched the world" Image of Nelson Mandela

5 December 2013

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has paid tribute to Nelson Mandela, describing him as “a man of the Commonwealth who touched the world.”

Tributes to Nelson Mandela Image of Nelson Mandela

5 December 2013

By Chair in Office President Mahinda Rajapaksa; former Commonwealth Secretaries-General Sir Shridath Ramphal, Chief Emeka Anyaoku and Sir Donald McKinnon; and Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba

Commonwealth Day Observance 2014: registration for UK schools and youth groups ends Friday Image of dancers at the Commonwealth Day Observance 2013 in Westminster Abbey, London.

4 December 2013

Register by 17 January to be in with a chance to attend the biggest multi-faith celebration in the United Kingdom.

Commonwealth deploys election assessment team to Bangladesh Image of a woman displaying an inked finger as proof of casting her vote in the 2008 Bangladesh elections.

3 December 2013

The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma, has sent a pre-election assessment mission to Bangladesh this week, following an invitation from the Chief Elections Commissioner.

Statement by the Secretary-General on Sri Lanka’s counting of the dead Image of Sri Lanka flag

2 December 2013

Last week’s announcement by the Government of Sri Lanka that it will conduct a national census to determine the extent of the loss of life during the country’s 26-year old civil war, is a welcome step.

Developing an Eastern Caribbean ocean policy Image of Guyanese fishermen

The Commonwealth has been assisting the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States Secretariat with the development and implementation of a regional ocean policy, the first of its kind in the Caribbean

Commonwealth Essay Competition 2014 Image of Form 4 English students at King George VI School, Honiara, Solomon Islands. Copyright: Commonwealth Secretariat. Credit: Tom Perry.

28 November 2013

Run by the Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883, the Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest and largest schools’ international writing competition.