Publications


January 06, 2017

Woe and confusion in the final days of demonetisation: A CHRI commentary

By Venkatesh Nayak Yesterday the print and electronic media highlighted the plight of a young woman who approached the New Delhi office of the Reserve Bank of India to change some demonetised currency notes that she had. Apparently the security personnel did not even allow her to enter the RBI office premises.

December 27, 2016

A CHRI enquiry shows: The Reserve Bank rejects access to demonetisation records; The Department of Economic Affairs keeps mum

By Venkatesh Nayak A recent media report quotes the Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Government of India, saying, there was no need to go into the process of decision making regarding the 8th November demonetisation drive.

December 22, 2016

A worldwide petition asks UNESCO to engage stakeholders in developing the agency’s RTI policy: CHRI is a signatory

Eighty-one Non Governmental Organisations, Civil Society Organisations and individuals across the Americas, Asia and Europe signed a petition asking the United Nations Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to engage stakeholders while formulating its Access to Information policy.

December 17, 2016

CHRI presents preliminary findings on the government’s efforts to fight corruption

How effective are the government’s efforts to combat corruption in India? According to the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) figures for 2015 released by Transparency International, India ranks 76th with a score of 38 out of 168 countries surveyed for people’s perceptions about corruption.

December 13, 2016

“Rough Roads to Equality: Women Police in Bangladesh”: CHRI’s ground breaking report now in Bangla

The Bangla version of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative’s (CHRI) landmark report “Rough Roads to Equality: Women Police in Bangladesh” was launched in Dhaka, Bangladesh, at an event jointly organised by the Manusher Jonno Foundation and CHRI on 22 November, 2016. An English version of the report was released in the country a year ago.

December 05, 2016

Pellet Guns in J&K: Queries on manufacture, sale, efficacy, not in public interest says government: A CHRI report

By Venkatesh Nayak Readers will remember my despatch from September this year, describing my efforts to find out details about the sale and the efficacy of anti-riot weapons- particularly pellet guns which have caused severe injuries to hundreds of youth in various parts of Jammu and Kashmir.

December 02, 2016

Today is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery : CHRI calls for an end to modern Slavery

On the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery we are launching an online petition, in partnership with Walk Free, to support Commonwealth action against Modern Slavery. This is vital because Modern Slavery is a Commonwealth issue. Across our 52 countries the Global Slavery Index estimates 24.9 million men, women, and children are living in slavery.

December 02, 2016

A CHRI Examination: Demonitisation 1978 vs 2016

By Venkatesh Nayak Readers will remember, on 8th November, 2016, the Government of India announced its decision to pull high value currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 denomination out of circulation, with immediate effect.

December 01, 2016

Union Ministers with cash in Hand? A CHRI enquiry

By Venkatesh Nayak With the exception of the Vice President of the Indian National Congress (INC) who queued up before a bank branch in Delhi to exchange a small sum of the demonetised notes for new ones, people did not see any other political leader from any other political party queueing up before banks like them with money in hand and worries in their minds about the uncertain future.

November 10, 2016

CHRI's JAIL MAIL: The year that was: Taking stock on Legal Services Day

For the past 22 years India has observed the Legal Services Day on November 9. Following our jail mail marking this event last year, we bring you an update on the latest developments in legal aid.