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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.

March 07, 2022

Study on Functioning of Undertrial Review Committees - From April to June 2020

The report analyses the functioning of UTRCs from 1st April to 30th June 2020 across India based on the information provided by the State Legal Services Authorities (SLSAs) on their district-wise UTRC meetings and minutes of UTRC meetings of 58 districts spread across 15 states. The report also documents good practices and concerns in the working of UTRCs.

February 28, 2022

HRC49: Open Letter To States On The Draft Resolution On Human Rights Defenders

CHRI is one of the signatories to this statement at the HRC signed by numerous CSOs urging the HRC to adopt a resolution "on human rights defenders operating in conflict and post-conflict situations.

February 08, 2022

Ten Things You Should Know About Indian Prisons CHRI’s Analysis of Prison Statistics India 2020

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) releases annual;statistics on Indian prisons. Prison Statistics India 2020 is the latest report on prisons released by NCRB. CHRI has prepared an analytical note highlighting key findings and trends on the ten most pressing issues on prisons and prisoners. This note also sheds light on the impact of COVID-19 on prison statistics for the year 2020.

February 03, 2022

Jail Mail - Ten Things You Should Know About Indian Prisons 2020: Based on NCRB's PSI 2020

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has released the latest prison statistics for the year 2020 recently. In this Jail Mail, we share with you our in-depth analysis of the Prison Statistics India 2020. Along with the key findings and trends on the ten most pressing issues on prisons and prisoners, the note sheds light on the impact of COVID-19 on prison statistics for the year 2020.