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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 countrys commitment to upholding shared values
and principles, including the protection and promotion of human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
underlie the intrinsic values which the entire Commonwealth shares.
United Republic of Tanzania
Antigua and Barbuda
St Kitts and Nevis
St Vincent and The Grenadines
Papua New Guinea
A Future in Progress
A History in Common,