Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma steps down

Today is Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma's last day in office after 8 years.  He will be succeeded by Patricia Scotland who takes up office tomorrow. Yesterday, Secretary-General Sharma's portrait was unveiled and it will hang in Marlborough House alongside that of his predecessors.Read more

Commonwealth Day 2016

HM The Queen, as Head of the Commonwealth, sends her message to the citizens of the Commonwealth. HM The Queen Commonwealth Message The theme for 2016 is "An Inclusive Commonwealth"Read more

AFP journalist pepper sprayed while documenting Besigye’s arrest in Uganda

Human Rights Network for Journalists - Uganda Isaac Kasamani of AFP – an international news agency – was pepper sprayed by police while taking pictures of police arresting former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Presidential Candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye at his residence in Wakiso District. Another journalist, Abubaker Lubowa, survived narrowly, while other journalists were blocked from accessing the news scene. Since 20 February 2016, police under the command of the Division Police Commander (DPC) of Kasangati Police Station James Kawalya have barred journalists from accessing Kizza Besigye's home and taking pictures of…Read more

Patricia Scotland elected new Commonwealth Secretary-General

Baroness Patricia Scotland was today elected as the 6th  Commonwealth Secretary-General at the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta and will take office on 1 April 2016.  She is the first woman to hold this post. Patricia Scotland was born in Dominica as the tenth child of twelve born to Antiguan and Barbudan parents. Her family moved to Walthamstow when she was two years old.  She pursued a London University (LLB) law degree in 1976 (in association with University College London) and was called to the bar at the Middle Temple in 1977, specialising in…Read more

Commonwealth Correspondent wins CNN African Journalist Award

Femi Asu, a young Commonwealth Correspondent and reporter from Nigeria, has been announced as the winner of a prestigious CNN African Journalist Award. Femi, who writes for The Punch national daily newspaper in Lagos, was presented the Ecobank Economics and Business category award by Richard Uku, former Communications Director at the Commonwealth Secretariat at a gala ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya. Femi was one of 31 finalists from 15 African countries to be shortlisted. He started his journalism career as a student reporter at the University of Ado-Ekiti and became a Commonwealth Correspondent in 2012,…Read more

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2015 (CHOGM)

Commonwealth Secretariat The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will be held in Malta between 27-29 November 2015. The theme of this year's CHOGM is 'The Commonwealth - Adding Global Value' This year's theme focuses on how the Commonwealth’s strengths can be utilised to influence and effect change on important global issues, such as human rights, gender equality, climate finance, building resilience in small states and the empowerment of youth. The theme also reflects how the Commonwealth can make a positive difference to the lives of its citizens. To visit the official CHOGM website click CHOGM 2015  Read more

Radio France Internationale correspondent in Cameroon held over a month, denied access to lawyer

Committee to Protect Journalists The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the detention of a Nigerian journalist who has been held for more than a month in Cameroon and denied access to his lawyer for two weeks. CPJ also calls on Cameroonian authorities to explain the reason for Ahmed Abba's detention and allow him immediate access to his lawyer. Abba, a Nigerian national and a correspondent for Radio France Internationale's Hausa service, was arrested by Cameroonian officials in Maroua, the capital of the Far North Region, of Cameroon on July 30, according…Read more