July 30, 2020

Eradicating Modern Slavery: An assessment of Commonwealth governments' progress on achieving SDG Target 8.7

    1 in every 150 people in the Commonwealth are living in modern slavery.     This publication highlights Commonwealth government action and inaction to tackle contemporary forms of slavery. In 2018, Commonwealth governments committed to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 8.7.

July 23, 2020

Report of the National Consultation on Prisons: Ensuring an Effective Response to COVID-19

Madhya Pradesh Prisons and Correctional Services and Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) jointly organised the National Consultation on Prisons: Ensuring an Effective Response to COVID-19 on the 20th of June, 2020.

July 21, 2020

Legal Aid & Children

Every child confined in a child care institution has a right to access free legal aid, regardless of being a child in conflict with law or in need of care and protection. This poster provides in a simple manner basic information on accessing legal aid by children.

July 18, 2020

Fair Trial Manual 2019

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) is delighted to announce the publication of the new and revised edition of the Fair Trial Manual, edited by Maja Daruwala, Senior Adviser, Tata Trusts and CHRI, and Prof Mrinal Satish of the National Law University Delhi (NLUD). First published in 2010, the Manual is specially designed as a practical guide for the subordinate judiciary.

July 18, 2020


On 102nd birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela, CHRI through this Jail Mail intends to emphasise on the need for effective monitoring of prisons. As COVID-19 spreads, there is a need for robust prison oversight to check effective response to COVID-19 in prisons and that rights of prisoners are not compromised in the guise of fighting the pandemic.

July 08, 2020

Working Group on Human Rights Submits Observations to NHRC on UPR Mid-Term review report

The Working Group on Human Rights (WGHR)  on July 7, 2020 wrote a letter to the Chairperson National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Hon’ble Justice H. L. Dattu sharing observations on their review of the NHRC's UPR Mid-Term review (MTR) report.

July 03, 2020

Implementation of Supreme Court Directives on Police Reforms (2006) : Tamil Nadu as of July 2020

This note summarises the components of each directive as given by the Supreme Court, followed by a brief analysis of the level of compliance  by the State of Tamil Nadu with each directive in the Tamil Nadu Police (Reforms) Act, 2013.

July 01, 2020

Rights on Arrest and Detention

This brief note lists the legal rights guaranteed to every arrested person. These are contained in the Constitution of India and the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (CrPC). The police are bound to uphold these rights. In fact, compliance with them forms part of the lawful procedure to arrest.

June 29, 2020

Black Lives Matter: Commonwealth nations must address local prejudices – CHRI

Melbourne/ New Delhi /Accra / London Commonwealth nations need to recognise and address issues of systemic discrimination and unequal treatment in their own jurisdictions, with a sharp focus on policing and criminal justice systems, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) has said.

June 22, 2020

World Refugee Day 2020 - Every Action Counts

This 20th June - on World Refugee Day - CHRI through its Jail Mail seeks to reiterate that everyone, including refugees, can contribute to the society and every action counts in the effort to create a more just, inclusive and equal world.