The Commonwealth and Human Rights: priorities from Colombo to Valletta

Nearly 200 attendees from government, academia, media and civil society organisations across the Commonwealth gathered in the Locarno room at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for a vibrant panel discussion on the Commonwealth’s human rights priorities.
Panellists included Purna Sen (London School of Economics),Tim Hancock (Amnesty International), Rajiv Joshi (The B-Team) and Edwin Sesange (Out and Proud LGBTI Diamond Group). The panel and audience discussed the range of human rights priorities for the 53 Commonwealth member states set following the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo, and looked ahead to the next summit in Malta in 2015.
Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Senior Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister for Faith and Communities, was unable to give the opening address due to last-minute parliamentary requirements. But you can click here to read her address.
Click here to read a blog about the discussion
Click here to see pictures
The RCS will soon be producing a follow-up report on this panel discussion, examining ways to continue to build on these conversations in the lead up to the 2015 CHOGM.

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