Canada suspends Commonwealth funding

Canada`s government has announced the suspension of funding to the Commonwealth over rotating chair Sri Lanka`s alleged rights abuses.

Queen Elizabeth calls for `quiet reflection` in 2014

Queen Elizabeth II urged people to take the time for quiet reflection in 2014, in her annual Christmas Day message to the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth decides to wait till tomorrow on Maldives

The Commonwealth on Friday decided to wait till tomorrow on how it should deal with Maldives, which has been struggling to elect a new president.

Prince Charles invokes Nehru in CHOGM speech

Invoking India`s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru in his speech, Britain`s Prince Charles appealed to the Commonwealth to intensify cooperation to resolve economic, social and environmental challenges at the grouping`s summit here Friday.

Skipping summit would `damage` Commonwealth: UK`s Hague

Britain boycotting the Commonwealth summit in Colombo over alleged war crimes would damage the organisation while achieving no positive change in Sri Lanka, Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Sunday.

PM`s decision will be our decision: Congress on CHOGM

Congress said it will back whatever decision PM takes on India`s pariticpation in Commonwealth Heads of Govt meeting in Sri Lanka later this month.

Pune module for elected women representatives gets Commonwealth recognition

A training module developed by a city -based institute for empowerment of women representatives in local self-governments has been selected by the Commonwealth Local Governance Forum (CLGF) for promotion in member countries.

PM noncommittal on attending Commonwealth meet in Sri Lanka

India`s participation in the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka next month would be decided upon after considering all factors, including sentiments of Tamils and the DMK, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured Tuesday.

Canada attacks Commonwealth chief over Sri Lanka

Canada`s special envoy to the Commonwealth, Hugh Segal, has accused Commonwealth secretary general Kamalesh Sharma of acting as a stooge of the Sri Lankan regime by "defending their every mistake", a leading British daily reported Wednesday.

Gambia withdraws from Commonwealth

Western African country Gambia has withdrawn its membership from the British Commonwealth, saying it would never be a member of "any neo-colonial institution".

Maldives Presidential Elections: `Calls for annulment worrying`

Terming demands for annulment of Presidential Elections in Maldives as "deeply worrying", the Commonwealth said it hopes that the Supreme Court decides the issue expeditiously.

MDMK workers detained

MDMK leader Vaiko and several party volunteers were detained when they attempted to march towards the airport here to stage a black flag demonstration against the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Sri Lanka gets Commonwealth training on human rights

Ahead of a Commonwealth summit, Sri Lanka`s Human Rights Commission has received training on how to conduct inquiries on rights violations according to international standards.

Tirath to attend C`wealth Women`s Affairs Ministerial meet

The forthcoming meeting of the Women`s Affairs Minsters` of Commonwealth countries will deliberate on measures for achieving gender equality.

Commonwealth meet to focus on mental health issues

Health ministers from Commonwealth countries will meet in Geneva later this week to discuss ways to ensure economic and social inclusion of people facing mental health issues.

Shift venue from Sri Lanka: HRW to Commonwealth forum

Sri Lanka dismisses all accusations as politically motivated, unfounded and directed by the pro-LTTE Diaspora in the West.

India should have sought SL`s suspension from Commonwealth: BJP

Expressing support to cause of protecting Sri Lankan Tamils, BJP said India should have demanded Sri Lanka`s suspension from the Commonwealth.

UK Queen set to sign new Commonwealth gay rights charter

British monarch Queen Elizabeth II is set to sign a new Commonwealth charter that backs equal rights for gay people.

Human rights: C`wealth ready to help Lanka?

Rajapaksa`s scheduled speech at the Commonwealth Business Council was cancelled, while he was jeered by Tamil groups protesting against human rights violations.

Commonwealth Gen Sec welcomes developments in Pak

Commonwealth Gen Sec
Kamalesh Sharma welcomed adoption by Pakistan`s National
Assembly of a pro-democracy resolution.