Publications


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 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.

September 21, 2018

CHRI's Oral Statement at the UPR Outcome of Cameroon at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC)

39th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Date: 20 September 2018 Item 6: UPR Outcome of Cameroon Joint Oral Statement delivered by Mr. Joseph Désiré ZEBAZE1 on behalf of Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) Thank you, Mr. President.

September 21, 2018

CHRI's Oral Statement at the UPR Outcome of Bangladesh at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC)

39th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Date: 20th September 2018 Item 6: UPR Outcome of Bangladesh Oral Statement delivered by Yashasvi Nain on behalf of Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) and Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI).     Thank you, Mr. President.

September 19, 2018

CHRI statement at the UN Human Rights Council 39th Session: Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention, 17 September 2018

39th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council Item 4: Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention Date: 18th September Oral Statement by Mr. Yashasvi Nain in behalf of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) Thank you, Mr.

September 18, 2018

CHRI and partner organisations urge UN member states to refrain from voting for candidates that are unfit for membership

To Permanent Representatives of Member States of the UN General Assembly 18 September 2018 Member States of the UN should refrain from voting for candidates to the Human Rights Council that are unfit for membership Excellencies, Ahead of the next UN Human Rights Council (“HRC” or “the Council”) election, we, the undersigned national, regional and inter

September 18, 2018

HOPE BEHIND BARS? STATUS REPORT ON LEGAL AID FOR PERSONS IN CUSTODY

This National Legal Aid Report has been prepared based on responses received from Right to Information Applications  from 24 states and 5 union territories. The report is divided into two volumes.