September 28, 2016

CHRI responds to Commonwealth watchdog’s opinion on the Maldives

The situation in the Maldives continues to worsen. But the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG), the watchdog appointed by the Commonwealth to guard democratic values in member states, continues to bark but not bite. CHRI responds to the latest review of the Maldives by CMAG.

September 28, 2016

CHRI marks Right to Know Day with, well, Information

Today, September 28, is International Right to Know Day. And, no, it’s not a holiday. We are glad to report that the fight to effect right to information laws in the Commonwealth has seen marked success this year. In 2016, Sri Lanka and Kenya enacted information access laws. So far 22 of the 53 Commonwealth member states have passed national level laws.

September 19, 2016

CHRI, in a report, draws attention to dire situation in the Maldives

This submission from the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) draws attention to serious failures of the Maldives government to make progress on priority areas identified by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) in February 2016.

September 15, 2016

CHRI revives monthly RTI news digest

This digest of Right to Information (RTI) related news stories across South Asia is a Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) effort to present a monthly compilation of online media coverage on use of public information in the region.

September 09, 2016

CHRI sends submission to the National Human Rights Commission

This CHRI submission to the National Consultation of National Human Rights Commission of India (NHRC) for India’s 3rd Universal Periodic Review (UPR) includes information on the following areas: overcrowding of prisoners, strengthening legal aid services, custodial violence, access to prison, foreign national prisoners, strengthening police complaints authority, transparency in criminal just

August 22, 2016

Sri Lanka Right to Information Act

The Hon'ble Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka certified their RTI Bill as having been "duly passed by Parliament". With this certification, the RTI Bill has become law in Sri Lanka.

August 19, 2016

Actionable Measures on Police Reforms

It is the State’s duty to provide the public with an efficient, responsive and law-abiding police service. As such, the government must ensure that each police officer and the police as a service go about their functions and duties in a manner that respects human rights and the rule of law, builds confidence and cooperation with the community.

August 19, 2016

THE POLICE — POLITICIAN PARADIGM -The Executive - Police Relationship

This paper seeks to add clarity and enhance debate as to the relationship between the political executive and police, particularly how it can be delineated in statutes.

July 22, 2016

Briefing Note on Standards on Investigation and Protection of Victims and Witnesses in instances of Caste Atrocities

On 11 July 2016, four Dalit men were abused, stripped and beaten with iron rods and wooden sticks for allegedly skinning a dead cow. The incident took place in Una town, Gir Somnath district, Gujarat. The brutality lasted for hours in full public view but no one intervened. Not even the police.

June 29, 2016

Training on Prison Visiting System for Non-Official Visitors (NOVs) on 19th & 20th January, 2016 in Jaipur

The aim of this workshop was to develop the knowledge, skill and commitment of NOVs who have been appointed after a gap of 2 years.