Publications


December 13, 2018

JAIL MAIL: Human Rights Day 2018 -Prison Reforms: “Has anything changed on the ground?”

On the 70th Human Rights Day, celebrated to commemorate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), CHRI  reviewed the critical issues which were deliberated on during the last six years in the 'Re Inhuman Conditions in 1382 jails' of this case. This Jail Mail summary of the significant directives given by the court.

November 28, 2018

JAIL MAIL: KEY TO TRANSPARENCY: CHRI’S GUIDEBOOK ON RTI AND PRISONS

In October this year, India completed 13 years of having ushered in a progressive law, the Right to Information Act (RTI), 2005, which empowered Indian citizens to seek access to vital information necessary for the democratic functioning of our nation.

November 28, 2018

Key to Transparency - Your Guide to using the Right to Information Act, 2005, to collect data about Indian Prisons

Based on our experiences, and to assist researchers, academicians, civil society organisations and other interested members of the society, CHRI has prepared this handbook for facilitating access to information on prisons by using the Right to Information Act 2005.

November 14, 2018

JAIL MAIL- LEGAL SERVICES DAY- LOOKING BACK AT AN EVENTFUL YEAR 2018

9th November 2018 marks the 24th Legal Services Day.  As is customary, we bring to you updates on the latest developments in legal aid in India. In the past year, NALSA has introduced a slew of changes in the administration of legal aid which we believe can go a long way in not only improving access but also quality of legal aid services in the country.

November 13, 2018

Ten things about Legal Aid

“Access to justice is the most basic human right” and there must be emphasis upon the need for competent legal aid lawyers providing effective legal representation. There are 1,401 jails in India and each jail should have a legal aid clinic. CHRI received information through RTIs on existence and functioning of jail legal aid clinics (JLACs) from 659 jails.

October 31, 2018

ESTABLISHING AN INDEPENDENT POLICE COMPLAINT BODY IN GHANA

This Report is the outcome of CHRI Africa’s research conducted to aid the process of establishing an independent police oversight mechanism. The Report synthesizes best practices from selected countries and recommends a good mix of factors to be taken into account when fashioning a mechanism for Ghana.

October 05, 2018

JAIL MAIL: SAFEGUARDING RIGHTS OF THE ARRESTED

October 2nd is a day about respecting the rule of law and the fundamentals of a democratic and just society, just as Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri had envisioned. To further the need to protect and safeguard the rights of accused persons, CHRI puts forth two publications.

September 26, 2018

Submission to the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG)

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) joined by the undersigned Commonwealth, international, and regional civil society groups draw the attention of CMAG to the number of indiscriminate killings, arbitrary arrests, detention without recourse to justice, and torture in Cameroon.

September 26, 2018

Criminal Procedure Bench book for Kenya

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative had produced an early draft of the Kenyan Manual for Katiba Institute. Eventually the project was taken under the wing of the Kenyan Judiciary, who raised the necessary funding.

September 24, 2018

EASIER SAID THAN DONE REPORT FOR THE 38TH SESSION OF UNHRC

Pledges and Performance: Holding Commonwealth members to account at HRC Since the inception of the Human Rights Council (HRC), the Easier Said Than Done (ESTD) series has reviewed Commonwealth member states’ performance at the HRC.