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.
Shift Varavara Rao to COVID-19 hospital, NHRC tells Maharashtra, (The Hindu ) July 17, 2020
Packed jails amid Covid-19 a blot on justice system: CHRI Sr Advisor, (Business Standard) July 13, 2020
NHRC sets up panel to assess Covid-19 impact on human rights, (Deccan Herald) July 05, 2020
Covid-19 spread in jails lays bare systemic flaws (Tribune india) June 24, 2020
Covid-19 spread in jails lays bare systemic flaws, (Tribune India) Jun 22, 2020
Parole to under trials, prisoners will help maintain social distancing: National webinar on COVID-19 preparations in jails, (free press journal) June 21, 2020
Assault, threats and inaction: Police brutality is on the rise in Madhya Pradesh (News Laundry) June 20, 2020
Govt appoints nodal officer to disseminate district-wise details of COVID-19 facilities, (One India) June 15, 2020
Spike in public trust offers room to reimagine people-police compact (Indian Express) June 15, 2020
NHRC Seeks Report From 8 States on 15 Deaths Due to Police Excesses in Lockdown (The Wire) June 10, 2020
NHRC seeks reports from 8 States on 15 deaths after police action (The Hindu) June 09, 2020
Covid-19: Ensure prisons do not turn into a fertile ground for the virus (Hindustan Times) June 06, 2020
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)