Publications


March 25, 2020

Covid-19 and Prisons: Ensuring an Effective Response

With the rising spread of the pandemic COVID-19 in India and globally, this document has been prepared by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative to assist all state prison departments, judiciary, legal services institutions and other stakeholders to undertake effective measures to ensure protection of all prisoners, prison administrators and staff, prison visitors and all persons associated with

March 13, 2020

Jail Mail: International Women’s Day 8th March 2020: ‘Securing rights of women prisoners’

On International Women's Day 2020, CHRI reiterates the need for collective engagements to secure the rights of women prisoners. To achieve it, CHRI has published a user's guide – Standards Behind Bars: Securing Rights of Women Prisoners.

March 13, 2020

STANDARDS BEHIND BARS: Securing Rights of Women Prisoners

With the aim to assist the prison administrators and policy makers to ensure that women’s gender-specific needs are adequately addressed during their period of incarceration, CHRI published this user's guide – Standards Behind Bars: Securing Rights of Women Prisoners.

March 12, 2020

CHRI DELIVERS A JOINT ORAL STATEMENT WITH THE FIJI CSO UPR WORKING GROUP AT THE 43RD REGULAR SESSION OF THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

Geneva, Switzerland CHRI delivered an oral statement, in collaboration with the Fiji CSO UPR Working Group, at thenbsp;Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Report Consideration of Fiji (Agenda Item 6) at the 43rd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council. CHRI was amongst the only four civil society organisations that made an intervention during Fiji#39;s UPR outcome adoption by the Council.

March 04, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs on Ghana's Right To Information Act (Act 989)

February 27, 2020

Legal Awareness: Poster on Steps from Arrest to Appeal

This poster depicts the stages of a criminal trial. These are available in the following languages – Bengali, Burmese, English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Punjabi and Urdu.

February 27, 2020

Legal Awareness: Poster on Legal Aid

This poster depicts information on legal aid for prisoners.  These are available in the following languages  – Bengali, Burmese, English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Punjabi and Urdu.

February 26, 2020

Legal awareness material: NALSA SOP on Representation of Persons in Custody

This poster provides a precise of the NALSA SOP on Representation of Persons in Custody 2016, and lists the responsibilities of each stakeholder. These posters are meant for circulation to paralegal volunteers, legal aid lawyers, prison officers and legal aid authorities who are linked to prison legal aid clinics. These are available in English, Hindi and Bengali.

February 26, 2020

Legal awareness material: Visitor's Guide on Mulaqat

The poster is based on the prison rules and the interviews of some prison staff of Jodhpur with the purpose of explaining the entire process of mulaqat. It was developed to use across the prisons in Rajasthan irrespective of the variation in family visiting days and hours. The poster are also available in English and Hindi.

February 26, 2020

Legal awareness material: 'Apnar Legal Aid' - A Play on the Right to Legal Aid of Indian Prisoners

This video focuses on the right of access to legal aid of prisoners. The story revolves around a female undertrial prisoner who doesn't have the economic means to afford a lawyer to fight her case and secure her release.