List of Commonwealth Nations as on date

The ‘Commonwealth of Nations’ is a ‘Voluntary Association’ of  ‘Sovereign  Nations’. Almost all the ‘Member-Countries of the Common Wealth’ are the ‘Former British Colonies’ or the ‘Dependencies of the Colonies’. All the ‘Member Countries of the Commonwealth’ are all regarded as equal in status.

They cooperate within a framework of common values and goals, as outlined in the ‘Singapore Declaration’ – 1971, including the following:

  • Promotion of Democracy,
  • Human Rights,
  • Good Governance,
  • Rule of Law,
  • Individual Liberty,
  • Egalitarianism,
  • Free Trade,
  • Multilateralism and
  • World Peace.

The above ‘Common Values and Goals’ of the ‘Commonwealth Nations’ have been promoted through ‘Multilateral Projects’ and ‘Meetings’, such as the ‘Commonwealth Games’ (being held once in every 4 years)

The ‘Commonwealth’ was officially formed in the year 1931, known as the ‘British Commonwealth’ when the ‘Statute of Westminster’ gave legal recognition to the sovereignty of dominions.

The original members of the Commonwealth were:

  • United Kingdom,
  • Canada.
  • Australia (statute recognized only in the year 1942),
  • New Zealand (statute recognized only in the year 1947),
  • South Africa,
  • Ireland and
  • Newfoundland (became a Province of Canada in 1949) .

In the year 1949 the ‘London Declaration’ was signed and the new / present ‘Commonwealth’ was reformed with its present name.

Subsequent to ‘Admissions’, Leaving, Re-joining, Suspensions, Re-admissions there are 53 countries as the ‘Members of the Commonwealth, as given below.

List of ‘Members of Commonwealth’ as on date:

  1. United Kingdom – Formed British Commonwealth in 1931
  2. Canada-Joined in 1931
  3. Australia- Joined in 1931, Ratified in 1942
  4. New Zealand -Joined in 1931, Ratified in 1947
  5. South Africa- Joined in 1931, Left in 1961 and Rejoined in 1994
  6. India-Joined in 1947,
  7. Pakistan-Joined in 1947, Left in 1972 and Rejoined in 1989, Suspended in 1999 and Readmitted in 2004
  8. Srilanka -Joined in 1948
  9. Ghana-Joined in 1957
  10. Malaysia – Joined in 1957
  11. Nigeria-Joined in 1960, Suspended in 1995 and Readmitted in 1999
  12. Cyprus –Joined in 1961
  13. Tanzania-1964 (Tanganyika, which joined in 1961 was merged with Zanzibar, which joined in 1963, to form Tanzania in 1964Sierra Leone – Joined in 1961
  14. Jamaica – Joined in 1962
  15. Trinidad and Tobago – Joined in 1962
  16. Uganda –Joined in 1962
  17. Kenya –Joined in 1963
  18. Malawi –Joined in 1964
  19. Malta –Joined in 1964
  20. Tanzania-Joined in 1964
  21. Zambia –Joined in 1964
  22. Gambia – Joined in 1965
  23. Singapore –Joined in 1965
  24. Barbados –Joined in 1966
  25. Botswana –Joined in 1966
  26. Guyana –Joined in 1966
  27. Lesotho –Joined in 1966
  28. Mauritius –Joined in 1968
  29. Swaziland –Joined in 1968
  30. Fiji –Joined in 1970, Left in 1987 and Rejoined in 1997, Suspended in 2000 and Readmitted in 2001
  31. Samoa –Joined in 1970
  32. Tonga – Joined in 1970
  33. Bangladesh – Joined in 1972
  34. Bahamas – Joined in 1973
  35. Grenada- Joined in 1974
  36. Papua New Guinea – Joined in 1975
  37. Seychelles – Joined in 1976
  38. Dominica – Joined in 1978
  39. Solomon Islands – Joined in 1978
  40. Tuvalu – Joined in 1978
  41. Kiribati – Joined in 1979
  42. Saint Lucia –Joined in 1979
  43. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines –Joined in 1979
  44. Vanuatu – Joined in 1980
  45. Antigua and Barbuda –Joined in 1981
  46. Belize – Joined in 1981
  47. Maldives –Joined in 1982
  48. Saint Kitts and Nevis –Joined in 1983
  49. Brunei – Joined in 1984
  50. Namibia – Joined in 1990
  51. Cameroon – Joined in 1995
  52. Mozambique –Joined in 1995
  53. Nauru – Joined in 2000

 

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