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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.