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About the Programme_

The Commonwealth brings together 53 countries across the world, many sharing similar legal traditions. INTERIGHTS’ Commonwealth Programme promotes international human rights standards as well as positive developments in domestic human rights law across the region. INTERIGHTS produces a number of legal resources in support of this aim. The Commonwealth Human Rights Law Digest, published together with the Commonwealth Secretariat two times a year, contains summaries of significant human rights decisions from across the region. It is complemented by the CommonwealthNet, and the Commonwealth Human Rights Case Law Database.

Announcements_

DH INTERIGHTS co-organises Pacific human rights conference in Samoa
A symposium held in Samoa from April 27-29 brought together eminent human rights jurists and activists from across the Pacific with international human rights experts to examine cutting edge human rights issues, including environmental rights; custom and women’s rights; and HIV and poverty.
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Al Skeini Landmark ruling by UK House of Lords on extra-territorial applicability of human rights law
On 13 June, the UK House of Lords ruled that under the European Convention, the British government is obliged to conduct an investigation into the circumstances of the death of a civilian killed while in UK custody in Iraq.
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Litigation_

UK House of Lords Upholds State Immunity for Torture
The British House of Lords, the United Kingdom’s most senior court, unanimously decided on 14 June 2006 in Jones v Saudi Arabia to deny jurisdiction in a claim brought by four UN citizens to seek redress against acts of torture committed against them by a foreign state and its officials.
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Capacity Building and Standard Setting_

Pacific Judges Affirm Justiciability of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
In June 2006 a Pacific regional judicial colloquium and workshop held on the theme ‘Justiciability of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Pacific’, over 40 international jurists agreed a number of practical conclusions and recommendations covering different aspects of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR).
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