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The Commonwealth of Nations 
The modern Commonwealth was established in 1949 as an association of free and equal sovereign states which had been part of the British Empire but were now independent and, in the case of India and Pakistan, on the verge of becoming republics.  There are now 53 member states, listed below, with a combined population of 2.2 billion (approximately 30& of the world's population).
Rwanda, the newest member joined in 2009, despite having no direct link to Britain. The Gambia left the Commonwealth in 2013, Zimbabwe withdrew in 2003 and Fiji is currently suspended.
 
The Commonwealth is an association of governments and peoples, built around shared language, institutions, challenges, aspirations and values. Unlike most other international associations, the Commonwealth works on a consensus model and membership is voluntary, predicated primarily on a country’s commitment to upholding shared values and principles, including the protection and promotion of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. 
 
The Affirmations underlie the intrinsic  values which the entire Commonwealth shares.
 

 

Cyprus

Malta

United Kingdom

 
 
Botswana

Cameroon

Ghana

Kenya

Lesotho

Malawi

Mauritius

Mozambique

Namibia

Nigeria

Rwanda

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

South Africa

Swaziland

Uganda

United Republic of Tanzania

Zambia

 

Antigua and Barbuda

The Bahamas

Barbados

Belize

Canada

Dominica

Grenada

Guyana

Jamaica

St Kitts and Nevis

St Lucia

St Vincent and The Grenadines

Trinidad and Tobago

 

   Bangladesh

   Brunei Darussalam

   India

   Malaysia

   Maldives

  Pakistan

   Singapore

   Sri Lanka

 

 

   Australia

   Fiji

   Kiribati

  Nauru

   New Zealand

   Papua New Guinea

   Samoa

   Solomon Islands

   Tonga

  Tuvalu

   Vanuatu

 

 

Click here to read the Affirmations
A Future in Progress
A History in Common,

Caribbean and Americas

Europe

Africa

Asia

Pacific