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    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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Governance

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.

Secretary-General congratulates Belize on successful referendum

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has congratulated the people of Belize on a successful referendum. They voted to refer to the International Court of Justice any legal claim of Guatemala against Belize relating to land, insular territories and any maritime areas.

Battling corruption in Africa must be top priority, says Secretary–General

The Secretary-General has expressed optimism that Africa is turning the tide against corruption, but warned the fight must continue with renewed vigour

Secretary-General welcomes Brunei death penalty moratorium

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has welcomed reports the government of Brunei Darussalam has placed a full moratorium on the death penalty, inclusive of the Syariah Penal Code Order (SPCO).