CHRI’s International Advisory Commission take stock of projects, discuss new strategies

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) International Advisory Commission met in New Delhi to discuss the projects undertaken in the Access To Information, Access to Justice (Police and Prison Reforms) Programmes and Strategic Initiatives Programme (SIP) on November 27-28, 2017.

Chair of the Advisory Commission, Prof. Yash Ghai, a renowned Kenyan constitutional lawyer and academic, introduced the new Director Sanjoy Hazarika, who took charge last year in October from Maja Daruwala, who is now a senior advisor in CHRI.

Mr Hazarika, human rights activist, author, documentary maker and journalist, shared his vision and strategy for the organization, and the new initiatives CHRI has undertaken in 2017. The director also stressed on the need for CHRI to increase its visibility internationally.

Each team presented presentations on their work. There were presentations from CHRI London and Accra offices, including CHRI's SDG 8.7 report on Modern Slavery to be launched at CHOGM 2018.

Other AC members who attended the meeting were prominent Ghanian lawyer Sam Okudzeto and Mina Mensah, regional coordinator in the CHRI Accra office. Sashy Nathan, a civil liberties lawyer, Pralab Baruah, a prominent banker, and David White, who is head of London Office were also present, besides the EC members of CHRI, Delhi office.