Publications


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 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.

September 10, 2018

Recommendations on Legal Aid at Police Station

Prompt access to legal advice and assistance is the key to guaranteeing a fair trial and the rule of law.2 The first few hours of contact with the criminal justice system are among the most crucial for those arrested and/or detained. In this context, discussions around possible models of legal aid at police station are of prime importance.

September 04, 2018

Legal Aid at Police Stations

The early phase of the criminal justice process is the most crucial period for those arrested or detained for an offence. Presence of a lawyer at this phase is important to safeguard the rights accorded to them.

July 20, 2018

JAIL MAIL: NELSON MANDELA DAY

On Nelson Mandela Day, CHRI through this Jail Mail intends to raise awareness around issues relating to minimum standards which must be adhered to when incarcerating prisoners.

July 18, 2018

Report on Panel Discussion on ‘Reducing Pre-Trial Detention in the Commonwealth’

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) releases its report on ‘Reducing Use of Pre-Trial Detention in the Commonwealth’, an outcome of a panel discussion on why and how, and with what effect, countries in the Commonwealth have undertaken reforms to reduce prison populations and improve prison systems.

June 19, 2018

JAIL MAIL: PRISONS AND PARLIAMENT - BUDGET SESSION 2018

This newsletter is in continuation of our earlier Jail Mail (view here) on questions asked in the 2017-18 Winter Session of the Parliament. You may recollect that in that session, which was held in July-August 2017, the Members of Parliament asked 16 questions relating to prisons and prisoners.

June 06, 2018

Guide for Prison Officers Refugees & Asylum Seekers

Asylum Seekers and refugees often get detained for lack of proper knowledge and the ambiguity of existing law with regard to their protection in India. This guidebook provides pertinent information for prison officers on laws and provisions governing their stay, detention and determination of status in India.

June 04, 2018

A Basic guide - Defending Asylum Seekers in Detention (Bengali)

This pamphlet is a basic guide on defending asylum seekers in detention. It addresses the issue lawyers may face in demarcating between Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Economic Migrants. It further describes the legal framework available in India.

May 08, 2018

Monitoring the Monitors – A Micro Study on Monitoring Committees in West Bengal

National Legal Services Authorities (Free and Competent Legal Services) Regulations, 2010 mandates the setup of Monitoring Committees in legal service institutions across India. This oversight body 'Monitoring Committees' are mandated to oversee legal aid delivery and regularly review the working of legal aid lawyers.