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.

June 06, 2018

Guide for Prison Officers Refugees & Asylum Seekers

Asylum Seekers and refugees often get detained for lack of proper knowledge and the ambiguity of existing law with regard to their protection in India. This guidebook provides pertinent information for prison officers on laws and provisions governing their stay, detention and determination of status in India.

June 04, 2018

A Basic guide - Defending Asylum Seekers in Detention (Bengali)

This pamphlet is a basic guide on defending asylum seekers in detention. It addresses the issue lawyers may face in demarcating between Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Economic Migrants. It further describes the legal framework available in India.

May 25, 2018

Memorandum on the Ghana RTI Bill, 2018 to the Joint Committee of Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and Communications

Ghana recently introduced the Right to Information Bill, 2018. The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) has submitted a Memorandum on the Bill to the Joint Committee of Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and Communications in Ghana.