Publications


May 27, 2020

CHRI’s Compilation of Deaths Following Alleged Police Excesses During COVID -19 Lockdown

In the course of the national lockdown imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, excessive force by police has been captured in videos across states. Through a systematic scan of newspapers, CHRI has compiled a list of 15 deaths following police action in the period of 25 March to 30 April, 2020.

May 20, 2020

CHRI Petitions NHRC to investigate 15 deaths following alleged police excesses during COVID-19 lockdown

In the course of the national lockdown imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, excessive force by police has been captured in videos across states. Unfortunately, images and reported incidents of police assaulting and humiliating people out on the street for essential and non-essential purposes have been common from the first day of the lockdown.

April 29, 2020

Jail Mail: PRISONS AND PARLIAMENT – WINTER SESSION 2019 AND BUDGET SESSION 2020

This issue of Jail Mail provides a brief overview of the questions on prisons and prisoners raised by the Members of Parliament in the Winter Session of 2019 (which started on 18th November 2019 and ended on 13th December 2019) and the Budget Session of 2020 (The first part was from 31st January 2020 to 11th February 2020.

April 14, 2020

CHRI's Note on COVID – 19 and the Role of Undertrial Review Committees

In continuation of our earlier note to assist the Supreme Court constituted High Powered Committees, this note is prepared by CHRI to assist the district-level Undertrial Review Committee (UTRC) to coordinate effectively with the legal service providers, prison and police authorities in ensuring that the directions of the High Powered Committee are implemented efficiently in the prisons falling in

April 14, 2020

CHRI’s Note to assist the Supreme Court constituted ‘High Powered Committee’ for release of prisoners amid COVID-19

With the endeavour to assist the state governments and prison departments, this note is prepared by CHRI to assist the high powered committees set up in each state/UT by the Hon’ble Supreme Court “to determine which class of prisoners can be released on parole or on interim bail for such period as may be thought appropriate.

April 13, 2020

Undertrial Review Committees: Setup & Functioning In West Bengal Second Watch Report

CHRI's report titled Undertrial Review Committees: Setup & Functioning in West Bengal - Second Watch Report documents responses received from 37 Correctional Homes in West Bengal and provides information regarding the functioning of UTRCs. The data pertains to the period between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017. Our previous watch report can be found here.

April 13, 2020

Roles & Duties of Para-Legal Volunteers Murshidabad

The training was aimed at training the Para-Legal Volunteers appointed by the DLSA, Murshidabad throughout the district to man the front office of the DLSA & SDLSC, Police Stations and Correctional Homes. In the past, a few had shared their inability to understand their roles and responsibilities in carrying out their function.

April 13, 2020

Roles & Duties of Para-Legal Volunteers North 24 Paraganas

The training was aimed at training the Para-Legal Volunteers appointed by the DLSA, North 24 Paraganas throughout the district to man the front office of the DLSA & SDLSC, Police Stations and Correctional Homes. It has always been noted that the clarity, awareness and knowledge regarding the roles and duties of paralegals is of utmost importance.

April 09, 2020

Joint Civil Society Letter to the NHRC on Oversight during COVID 19 Pandemic

Forty Eight civil society organisations and individuals jointly wrote to the NHRC seeking oversight of actions taken by administrations and police departments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 08, 2020

COVID-19 and Prisons in the Commonwealth: ‘Ensuring an Effective Response'

With the rising spread of the pandemic COVID-19 across the Commonwealth and globally, this document has been prepared to assist governments, 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 prisons.