The novel coronavirus or COVID-19 has wreaked havoc across the world since late 2019. Its transmission has impacted millions in more than 200 countries, effecting their economic, physical and social realities. In March 2020, the World Health Organisation declared it a global pandemic.
This infectious diseases - to which there is no known vaccine or antidote - has thrown unprecedented challenges to national and international governance systems. The response to contain it has been accompanied by crackdowns to enforce rules, in which many have suffered, as well as increased surveillance, while basic freedoms of movement, assembly, employment, and information have been put on hold. Much of these restrictions are understandable at a time when there is a crisis of survival. Yet the lockdowns have disproportionately adversely affected those who are already the most vulnerable. The role of criminal justice institutions, as enforcers and overseers of many of the measures to tackle the pandemic, thus become crucial.
CHRI's work is geared towards ensuring that the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially by criminal justice institutions is human rights compliant. This section is a repository of this work.
Explained: Freeing prisoners in emergency (The Indian Express)May 15, 2020
Coronavirus lockdown: The freed prisoner who is unable to return home (BBC) May 11, 2020
Expedite urgent matters: Central Information Commission to state bodies (Economic Times) May 01, 2020
Sanjoy Hazarika sheds light on ‘new normal’ (Tribune India) April 29, 2020
Is 'temporary' release of prisoners enough to halt spread of COVID-19? (southasiamonitor.org) Apr 08, 2020
Ministry to Social Justice and Empowerment directs the education Ministry to review the accessibility of online education for students with disabilities during lockdown after Javed Abidi Foundation's webinar with CHRI and other intervention
Letter to PMO by Javed Abidi Foundation on challenges faced by individuals with different disabilities during the pandemic and possible interventions. Here is the note on Points for Urgent Consideration.
On arbitrary arrests of two scholars from Jamia Milia Islamia (To Delhi Minorities Commission, April 20, 2020)
On opening health care facilities for non-COVID patients (To Mr. Amitabh Kant NITI Aayog, April 19, 2020)
On opening health care facilities for non-COVID patients (To Dr. V. K. Paul, Member, NITI Aayog, April 19, 2020)
On opening health care facilities for non-COVID patients (To Mr. Amarjeet Sinha, Prime Minister’s Office, April 19, 2020)
On opening health care facilities for non-COVID patients (To Mr. Amit Khare Ministry of Human Resource Development, April 19, 2020)
On opening health care facilities for non-COVID patients (To Mr. Ravi Mital Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, April 19, 2020)
On opening health care facilities for non-COVID patients (To Ms. Vandana Gugnani, Ministry Of Health NITI Aayog, April 19, 2020)
How Far Should Police Go in Enforcing Coronavirus Lockdowns? ( New York Times)