St Helena Equality & Human Rights Commission (EHRC) becomes the first British Overseas Territories (BOT) to become a member of the Commonwealth Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (CFNHRI)

The Commonwealth Forum of National Human Rights Institutions is a member-led network of human rights institutions, ombudsmen, and public defenders who protect, promote and advance human rights in their respective countries. Through shared expertise and collaboration they are working to ensure a Commonwealth in which the rights of all our 2.4 billion citizens are respected, protected, and enjoyed.

It is a diverse network with global reach, united by shared values and aspirations. Its members contribute a wealth of expertise across a wide range of human rights issues, sharing this insight and experience with other members and stakeholders.

On Thursday 18th March 2021 the CFNHRI voted unanimously first to alter their mandate to include the Overseas Territories and then, again unanimously to admit the St Helena EHRC as a member, so far the first and only such organisation to achieve this status.

Annina van Neel the acting Chair of the EHRC said

By providing a united voice on human rights priorities, together we are able to influence the regional and global human rights agenda and learn from our colleagues to develop the access to human rights and best practice on St Helena.”

Catherine Turner CEO of the EHRC added “It has taken almost two years to achieve this status as we had to demonstrate we meet the required standards. We are very proud of what we have achieved. It will be fantastic to be part of a wider organization and a great opportunity to get St Helena onto the world stage in a human rights setting.”

For further information or advice please contact us at the Human Rights office on Tel: 22133 or  email

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