April 08, 2020

CHRI releases Guidelines to Police on Respecting Human Rights while Enforcing the Lockdown

With the rising spread of the pandemic COVID-19 , this document has been prepared by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative  which proposes actionable measures to assist police departments across India to implement the critical task of enforcing the current nationwide lockdown within the Constitutional framework. You can view the summary here.

April 08, 2020

Summary of CHRI's Guidelines For Policing during Lockdown

With the rising spread of the pandemic COVID-19, CHRI has prepared detailed guidelines to assist police departments in enforcing the lockdown within the Constitutional framework. CHRI has identified 54 actionable measures / guidelines to be included in the Lockdown Management Plan. This document provides a summary of these measures. You can view the detailed Guidelines here.

April 08, 2020

Jail Mail: COVID-19 and Prisons in the Commonwealth ‘Ensuring an Effective Response’

Through this issue of Jail Mail, CHRI shares a note – COVID-19 and Prisons in the Commonwealth: ‘Ensuring an Effective Response’ addressed to the executive, judiciary, legal service providers and human rights institutions, on precautions to be taken inside prisons and measures to be adopted to ease overcrowding.

March 30, 2020

A Study on Accountability of Police: Process and Outcomes of Complaints Against Delhi Police Personnel

This report examines data related to the nature of, and responses to, complaints against Delhi Police personnel. It includes complaints received and inquired into by the Delhi Police itself, and also by statutory Commissions with mandates to receive and look into complaints against the police.

March 28, 2020

State Security Commission: A study of police oversight in India

The State Security Commission is a mechanism recommended by the Supreme Court of India as part of a package of seven directives aimed at systemic police reform. The Commission was to act as a buffer between the political executive and the police, providing a legitimate paradigm for political interaction with, and control over, the police force.

March 25, 2020

Covid-19 and Prisons: Ensuring an Effective Response

With the rising spread of the pandemic COVID-19 in India and globally, this document has been prepared by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative to assist all state prison departments, judiciary, legal services institutions and other stakeholders to undertake effective measures to ensure protection of all prisoners, prison administrators and staff, prison visitors and all persons associated with

March 20, 2020

101 Questions on Prisons You Didn’t Know Whom to Ask

Prisons are closed spaces. Very little information is available on the daily lives and routines of prisoners. Additionally, very few people are interested in learning about the details of prison life unless they find themselves in one. This may mean that for many, questions they have on prisons, sparked either by curiosity or necessity, are often left unanswered.

March 13, 2020

Jail Mail: International Women’s Day 8th March 2020: ‘Securing rights of women prisoners’

On International Women's Day 2020, CHRI reiterates the need for collective engagements to secure the rights of women prisoners. To achieve it, CHRI has published a user's guide – Standards Behind Bars: Securing Rights of Women Prisoners.

March 13, 2020

STANDARDS BEHIND BARS: Securing Rights of Women Prisoners

With the aim to assist the prison administrators and policy makers to ensure that women’s gender-specific needs are adequately addressed during their period of incarceration, CHRI published this user's guide – Standards Behind Bars: Securing Rights of Women Prisoners.

March 12, 2020


Geneva, Switzerland CHRI delivered an oral statement, in collaboration with the Fiji CSO UPR Working Group, at thenbsp;Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Report Consideration of Fiji (Agenda Item 6) at the 43rd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council. CHRI was amongst the only four civil society organisations that made an intervention during Fiji#39;s UPR outcome adoption by the Council.