December 02, 2016

Today is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery : CHRI calls for an end to modern Slavery

On the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery we are launching an online petition, in partnership with Walk Free, to support Commonwealth action against Modern Slavery. This is vital because Modern Slavery is a Commonwealth issue. Across our 52 countries the Global Slavery Index estimates 24.9 million men, women, and children are living in slavery.

December 02, 2016

A CHRI Examination: Demonitisation 1978 vs 2016

By Venkatesh Nayak Readers will remember, on 8th November, 2016, the Government of India announced its decision to pull high value currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 denomination out of circulation, with immediate effect.

December 01, 2016

Union Ministers with cash in Hand? A CHRI enquiry

By Venkatesh Nayak With the exception of the Vice President of the Indian National Congress (INC) who queued up before a bank branch in Delhi to exchange a small sum of the demonetised notes for new ones, people did not see any other political leader from any other political party queueing up before banks like them with money in hand and worries in their minds about the uncertain future.

November 30, 2016

Compliance with Supreme Court Directives on Police Reforms: An Overview

This note provides information on the status of compliance by states and union territories with the Supreme Court directives on police reforms, as of November 2016.

November 10, 2016

CHRI's JAIL MAIL: The year that was: Taking stock on Legal Services Day

For the past 22 years India has observed the Legal Services Day on November 9. Following our jail mail marking this event last year, we bring you an update on the latest developments in legal aid.

November 09, 2016

Looking into the Haze: A Study on Prison Monitoring in India 2016

Looking into the Haze: A Study on Prison Monitoring in India is a must read for human rights activists and civil society organisations who care about a prisoner’s rights. The penal system in India is a closed institution that discourages independent monitoring leading to widespread abuse of legal and human rights among the jailed.

November 09, 2016

Circle of Justice: A National Report on Under Trial Review Committees

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative’s new ground-breaking report: Circle of Justice: A National Report on Under Trial Review Committees throws a sharp light on the plight of undertrials in India. Undertrials make up an astounding 67 percent of India’s prison population.

November 09, 2016

CHRI launches two reports on alarming conditions in Indian prisons

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative has launched a set of unique reports  that spotlight the dismal conditions in India’s prisons. These reports underline how a lack of review has led to alarming conditions in jails–with a huge under-trial population of which a majority is poor.

October 26, 2016

A CHRI Breakdown and Commentary on National Prison Statistics

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has released its annual report on conditions in the country’s prisons. The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative’s breakdown of the NCRB figures backed up by an incisive commentary is something you won’t see elsewhere.The figures and comments in Hindi are here.

October 21, 2016

CHRI marks 25th anniversary of the Harare Declaration

CHRI called on the Secretary-General, intergovernmental institutions, 52 member governments, and all Commonwealth Accredited Organisations to mark yesterday’s anniversary by committing to actively promoting and defending the values as laid out in the Harare Declaration and Commonwealth Charter.