January 23, 2023

Inside Punjab Prisons

The report, ‘Inside Punjab Prisons’, is a detailed study on the condition of prisons in Punjab commissioned by the Punjab State Legal Services Authority (PULSA) to CHRI in 2018.

December 30, 2022

Inside Karnataka Prisons

This Report - ‘Inside Karnataka Prisons’ in two volumes, is a prison-wise comprehensive review of the prison conditions, which the Karnataka State Legal Services Authority (SLSA) commissioned CHRI to undertake in compliance with the (please mention the month and year here) directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.

December 20, 2022

Children, not workers: community based responses to child labour in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic

This new report of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative explores interventions to tackle child labour in three Commonwealth countries – Ghana, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago. Despite national and international efforts, child labour remains one of the biggest challenges to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG Target 16.

September 28, 2022

Implementing Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation: A Guide to Accessing Information through Right to Information Laws

September 28 is celebrated globally as the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) to recognise the universal nature of the right to information (RTI) which guarantees everyone the right to seek, receive and impart information. The right to access information is enshrined in international and regional standards and conventions, and in national constitutions and laws.

September 11, 2022

On the Passing of Queen Elizabeth II

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative joins other organisations in the Commonwealth family to express sadness at the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and sends its condolences to members of her family. Described by Commonwealth leaders as having lived a life of dignity and service, one of the most noteworthy features of Queen Elizabeth’s reign was her role as head of the Commonwealth.

June 21, 2022

Message from the Chair of our International Board on the Release of CHRI’s CHOGM 2022 Report

The presumption of innocence, as affirmed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is one of the most fundamental human rights principles. Yet, of the 1.5 million prisoners detained across the Commonwealth more than 0.5 million are pre-trial detainees. In at least 15 countries pre-trial detainees form more than half of the total prison population.

June 16, 2022

Joint Statement on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking For Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2022

Joint Statement on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking For Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2022 Endorsed by Global, Regional, National Civil Society Organisations[1] June 2022 Modern slavery encompasses practices which include human trafficking, forced labour, debt bondage, domestic servitude, forced marriage, and the worst forms of child labour,

June 14, 2022

Call for Commonwealth Leaders to Speak Up for Rights of Rwandans

Joint Letter to Commonwealth Heads of Government Dear Commonwealth Heads of Government, We, the undersigned civil society organisations, express our grave concerns about the human rights situation in Rwanda as it prepares to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in June 2022.

May 25, 2022

Jail Mail: Prisons and Parliament – Budget Session 2022

This Jail Mail on Prisons and Parliament brings to you summaries of responses tabled in the Parliament, in the Budget Session 2022, on questions relating to prisons and prisoners. The Budget Session 2022 began on 31st January 2022 and concluded on 7th April 2022. The session was held in two parts with a recess in between from 12th February till 13th March.

March 17, 2022

Jail Mail: Prisons and Parliament - Monsoon & Winter Session 2021

This Jail Mail on Prisons and Parliament brings to you the summaries of responses tabled in the parliament on questions relating to prisons and prisoners, in the last two sessions of 2021: Monsoon and Winter Session 2021. The Monsoon session of Parliament began on 19th July, 2021 and concluded on 11th August, 2021 with a total of 17 sittings spread over a period of four weeks.