July 20, 2018

Consultation on Model SOP on Repatriation of Indian Nationals from Foreign Prisons

 July 20, 2018 New Delhi, India A one-day Consultation was held by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) to seek the feedback from Central and state agencies on the contours of a Draft Model Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) prepared for the effective implementation of the Repatriation of Prisoners Act, 2003.

July 20, 2018


On Nelson Mandela Day, CHRI through this Jail Mail intends to raise awareness around issues relating to minimum standards which must be adhered to when incarcerating prisoners.

July 19, 2018

Joint Recommendations for a Police Complaints Authority for Delhi

CHRI held a round-table consultation on the reconstitution of the Delhi Police Complaints Authority on 19 June 2018. The consultation saw the participation of civil society organisations, individual experts, representatives of the Delhi Government and the Delhi Police.

July 18, 2018

Report on Panel Discussion on ‘Reducing Pre-Trial Detention in the Commonwealth’

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) releases its report on ‘Reducing Use of Pre-Trial Detention in the Commonwealth’, an outcome of a panel discussion on why and how, and with what effect, countries in the Commonwealth have undertaken reforms to reduce prison populations and improve prison systems.

July 17, 2018

Bringing Them Home, Repatriation of Indian Nationals from Foreign Prisons, A Barrier Analysis

This report has been prepared by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative in 2017, under its Prison Reforms Programme. Hundreds of thousands of Indian nationals are known to travel abroad irregularly every year and many thousands more by due process.

July 05, 2018

SDG 16 India: Mapping the Datascape

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) launched its latest report, “SDG 16 India: Mapping the Datascape” on 4 July 2018 at the India International Centre.

June 30, 2018

Easier Said Than Done 2018

Pledges and Performance: Holding Commonwealth members to account at HRC Since the inception of the Human Rights Council (HRC), the Easier Said Than Done​ ​(ESTD) series has reviewed Commonwealth member states’ performance at the HRC.

June 22, 2018

Decriminalising and Declassifying Petty Offences In Ghana

Petty offences have existed as part of the criminal law of England and were incorporated in the laws of Ghana following its colonisation.

June 19, 2018


This newsletter is in continuation of our earlier Jail Mail (view here) on questions asked in the 2017-18 Winter Session of the Parliament. You may recollect that in that session, which was held in July-August 2017, the Members of Parliament asked 16 questions relating to prisons and prisoners.

June 07, 2018

Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of atrocities) Act, 1989 & Rules, 1995 As amended in 2015: A Guide

This booklet serves as a comprehensive guide to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, along with the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Rules, 1995, as amended in 2015.