February 06, 2018

CHRI’s Analysis and Recommendations on the draft notification setting up the Delhi Police Complaints Authority

This note presents Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative’s (CHRI) analysis and recommendations on the latest draft notification constituting the Police Complaints Authority for the National Capital Territory of Delhi. The draft notification was submitted to the Delhi High Court by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor based on which the analysis and recommendations have been prepared.

January 23, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions by Foreign Nationals in Indian Prisons

We have recently developed a pamphlet for foreign nationals detained in Indian prisons. It comprises of basic information of what to expect inside prison, information about availing legal aid, information about visits from family members, and primarily it comprises of contact details on all the embassies in India.

January 22, 2018

It’s Time India’s Police Reclaimed Its Lost Time

By Basant Rath (The Wire) The 73-page report was titled ‘8 Hours Dream of Police’. Constable Ravindra Pandurang Patil of Mumbai police had, in his 17 years of service, sent the same report to successive police commissioners.

January 19, 2018


This newsletter is in continuation of our earlier Jail Mail (view here) on questions asked in the Monsoon Session of the Parliament. You may recollect that in that session, which was held in July-August 2017, the Members of Parliament asked 24 questions relating to prisons and prisoners.

January 12, 2018

MONITORING PRISONS A Visitor's Guide 2010

The term ‘prison visitors’ as used in the book is not only confined to those who are part of the prison visiting system, but also represents persons who by virtue of their office, or by order of the court, or because of their interest in prison reforms, visit and monitor prisons.

January 09, 2018

Right to Information Learning Programme in India for civil society and media representatives from Kenya- Report

CHRI organized an RTI Learning Programme in New Delhi, India for six delegates representing civil society and media organisations in Kenya in September 2017, with the support of the Commonwealth Foundation. A report.

December 20, 2017

Delhi Police urged to resume monthly police-civil society meetings

Six civil society organisations have written to the Delhi Police leadership to urgently resume monthly meetings held between the police and women and child rights groups.    Held regularly from 2013 to 2016, only three meetings have been held in 2017, the NGOs said in the letter.

December 07, 2017

CHRI at 12th Annual RTI Convention

CHRI’s Access to Information Programme (ATI) team attended the 12th Annual RTI Convention organized by the Central Information Commission (CIC) on Wednesday in New Delhi. Venkatesh Nayak, Programme Coordinator of ATI, made a presentation on some examples of good practices of proactive information disclosure.   Vice President Mr M.

November 20, 2017

CHRI's Draft Note on Video Conferencing Safeguards

The presence of an accused during his trial is a fair trial right guaranteed under the Constitution. In 2008, the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973 (CrPC) was amended to introduce electronic video-linkage as an alternative method for production of an accused in court.

November 08, 2017


9th November 2017 marks the 23rd Legal Services Day. As is customary, we bring to you an update on the latest developments in legal aid in India. In the last one year NALSA has brought a slew of changes, which we believe can go a long way in improving access to legal aid in the country.