October 21, 2016

CHRI Deplores Attacks on RTI Activists

A few days ago the media reported yet another gruesome instance of murder of an RTI user in Mumbai. The Mumbai Police are said to have arrested two suspects including an ex-Corporator during their investigation of this incident. Scores of RTI users have lost their lives for seeking information of public interest. Hundreds have been attacked, assaulted, harassed and threatened.

October 19, 2016

CHRI with Tanzanian stakeholders launches report on better policing in Tanzania

CHRI, in cooperation with Tanganyika Law Society (TLS), Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRAGG) and other members of Haki na Usalama Forum launched a position paper entitled "The Police and the Executive: Roles and Responsibilities" in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

October 13, 2016

Most ministries, government departments fail to obey transparency directive: CHRI finds

Only four central ministries and eight departments have complied with a cabinet secretariat transparency directive to proactively publish monthly summary of their work, a CHRI study has found.

October 04, 2016

Jail mail - Revisiting Reforms Through Under Trial Review Committees

“Prison reforms have been the subject matter of discussion and decisions rendered by this Court from time to time …Unfortunately, it seems that the views of this Court over the 50 years (since Prabhakar Pandurang Sangzgiri in 1966) have continuously fallen on deaf ears and the situation does not seem to be changing even now.

October 04, 2016

EPIC- Evaluation of Prisoner Information and Cases

Under-trial prisoners constitute a significant majority of the prison population in India.However, in a huge number of cases, pre-trial detention is avoidable and unnecessary. There exist several provisions in the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973 (Cr.P.C.) within which release of undertrial prisoners can be sought.

September 29, 2016

CHRI Releases Updated Human Rights Advocacy Guide

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) today released an updated handbook on human rights advocacy in the Commonwealth. Our last edition was published in 2005. We work slowly but surely… That said, this recent handbook comes at a time when civil society is fast diminishing across the globe.

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.