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July 19, 2021

JAIL MAIL : Nelson Mandela Day 2021

The UN General Assembly in its resolution revising the UN Standard Minimum Rules for Treatment of Prisoners 1955, accepted 18th July as the Nelson Mandela International Day and extended its scope to promote human condition of imprisonment.

May 20, 2021

Jail Mail-Release of CHRI’s Report ‘Disconnected: Videoconferencing and Fair Trial’

Restricted functioning of physical courts owing to the pandemic has resulted in courts experimenting with videoconference hearings. Conducting criminal trials through videoconferencing however can result in several fair trial rights being compromised.

May 13, 2021

International Director’s Message on the Release of CHRI’s Report ‘Disconnected: Videoconferencing and Fair Trial Rights’

Courts across the world have had to adapt to virtual hearings as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and its associated restrictions. While many justify this as necessary, due to the hazards of in person hearings, studies from various jurisdictions have highlighted that fair trial rights are compromised during virtual criminal proceedings.

May 13, 2021

Disconnected- Videoconferencing And Fair Trial Rights

‘Disconnected: Videoconferencing and Fair Trial Rights’, documents the experiences of 20 criminal lawyers and 10 judicial officers of criminal trial courts across the country, to understand the implications that videoconferencing hearings have on the fair trial rights of accused, especially of those who participate in these proceedings from prison.

May 13, 2021

Video Conferencing Hearings and You

The Poster titled 'Video Conferencing Hearings and You' is aimed at generating awareness among prisoners on the concept of court hearings through Video Conferencing (VC) and addressing common queries in this regard, including basic rights of prisoners in VC hearings. The poster is available in Malayalam, Hindi, Bangla and Kannada.

May 08, 2021

Jail Mail: Prisons and Parliament – Budget Session 2021

The last Parliament session- the 'Budget Session 2021' began on 29th January and concluded two weeks ahead of the schedule on 25th March 2021 after both the houses adjourned sine die. The session was held in two parts with a recess in between from 16th February till 7th March.

April 13, 2021

CHRI writes to the CJI seeking directions to address concerns of rising COVID-19 cases in prisons

In light of the increased infections within prisons and as the country faces the second wave of the pandemic, CHRI writes to the Chief Justice of India, urging him to take cognizance of the situation and direct the High Powered Committees to review the situation in prisons in the state.

April 13, 2021

CHRI writes to the CJI seeking directions to address concerns of rising COVID-19 cases in prisons

In light of the increased infections within prisons and as the country faces the second wave of the pandemic, CHRI writes to the Chief Justice of India, urging him to take cognizance of the situation and direct the High Powered Committees to review the situation in prisons in the state.

March 23, 2021

Jail Mail : "The bitter truth is that our prisons are overcrowded..."

The 23rd of March 2020 marks a year since the lockdown and the directions of the Supreme Court on reducing the overcrowding in prisons after taking sou motu cognizance of the risks of COVID inside prisons. The order asked State Governments to set up High-Powered Committees (HPC) to identify categories for release of prisoners and monitor the same.

March 17, 2021

Children in Conflict with Law (Seven Stages from Apprehension to Release)

The pamphlet "Children in Conflict with Law" explains the steps involved for a child from the point when they are apprehended, up until their release in a step -by-step format. This resource has been developed for the children and their families to be aware of the process and to allow smooth navigation through the system.