March 08, 2019

Audit report: Delhi Police Pilot Project, All-women Police Control Room Vans

On 9 September 2016, the Delhi Police rolled out a pilot project to operate five All Women Police Control Room (AWPCR) vans in Delhi. To assess their performance and impact, the Delhi Police commissioned the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) to conduct an independent audit of the AWPCR vans.

March 05, 2019


The Interim Budget Session of the Parliament was held from 31 January 2019 to 13 February 2019 with 10 sittings. This short session witnessed 23 questions on prisons and prisoners on a variety of topics including Prison Infrastructure, Deaths in Prisons, Implementation of Model Prison Manual, Foreign National Prisoners (FNP) in India, Indian Nationals in Foreign Prisons and Shelter Homes.

January 25, 2019

Muslim Voices:Perceptions of Policing in India

"The report documents the perceptions and experiences of Muslims of policing in India, and explores the extent to which Muslims perceive bias and discrimination by the police, in the context of local level realities and experiences. The report also contains insights from retired Muslim police officers based on their experiences from within the police.

January 18, 2019


This newsletter is in continuation of our previous jail mail on the Monsoon Session of Parliament. The Winter Session had 17 sittings between 11 December 2018 and 8 January 2019; it saw 32 questions on prisons on a variety of issues such as deaths in custody, torture, legal aid, Indian nationals in foreign custody, and prison conditions, among other things.

January 15, 2019

Strangers to Justice: A report on foreigners in Indian prisons

This report documents and examines the challenges faced by foreign national prisoners (FNPs) in India. While prisoners, in general, are vulnerable due to asymmetrical power dynamics and the closed nature of places of detention, this report is an effort to understand the special vulnerability of foreign nationals stemming from their non-Indian nationality or statelessness.

January 03, 2019

JAIL MAIL -Prisons & Parliament Monsoon Session 2018

This newsletter is in continuation of our earlier Jail Mail on questions asked in the 2018 Budget Session of the Parliament. You may recollect that in that session, which was held in January-April 2018, the Members of Parliament asked 45 questions relating to prisons and prisoners.

December 31, 2018

Report on Proceedings - Launch and Consultation of CHRI's National Study on Legal Aid for Persons in Custoy- Hope Behind Bars?

CHRI organised the launch and consultation for its National Report on Legal Aid for Persons in Custody – Hope Behind Bars? on 9th September 2018, in New Delhi. The report was launched by Justice (Retd.) A.P. Shah, Former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Justice S. Muralidhar, Delhi High Court, Mr. Sanjay Hazarika, International Director CHRI, and Mr. S. S.

December 31, 2018


Transparency is the first step towards accountability and disclosure of information is an important part of its attainment. I n 2019, CHRI hopes to continue its work to enhance transparency and accountability. This jail mail shares an interactive map of data on imprisonment in Commonwealth countries.

December 17, 2018

Report on Roundtable on Pretrial Detention and 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

On 12th April 2018, CHRI organised a round table discussion on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and pre-trial detention. This report documents the discussions that ensued.

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.