March 13, 2018

RTI cases pile up as vacancies in Information Commissions rise across India

Readers will remember our previous efforts to collate data about the use of RTI laws and the working of Information Commissions across India. This year, we mark the 25th anniversary of CHRI's work in India by releasing the Rapid Review 4.0 (previously named Rapid Study) of the State of Information Commissions and Use of RTI Laws across India. The full report of our Rapid Review 4.

March 08, 2018


On this Women’s Day, CHRI, through this Jail Mail commends the initiatives by Parliament, particularly the Committee on the Empowerment of Women to conduct studies on women in detention. The Jail Mail shares the recommendations of the committee and also a fact sheet titled ' Women Behind Bars'.

February 20, 2018

JAIL MAIL: Beyond Prison Walls – Conversation on Prisoners’ Rights

CHRI, in collaboration with Tihar Prisons, Bureau of Police Research & Development and Delhi School of Social Work,  organized a one-day seminar, ‘Beyond Prison Walls – Conversation on Prisoners’ Rights’ for prison inmates to freely interact with the justice system functionaries.

February 20, 2018

BEYOND PRISON WALLS - Conversation on Prisoners’ Rights

This report documents the one day seminar 'Beyond Prison Walls: Conversation on Prisoner’s Rights ' organised by Tihar prisons in collaboration with Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) and Delhi School of Social Work (DSSW), on 23 September 2017.

February 06, 2018

CHRI’s Analysis and Recommendations on the draft notification setting up the Delhi Police Complaints Authority

This note presents Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative’s (CHRI) analysis and recommendations on the latest draft notification constituting the Police Complaints Authority for the National Capital Territory of Delhi. The draft notification was submitted to the Delhi High Court by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor based on which the analysis and recommendations have been prepared.

January 23, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions by Foreign Nationals in Indian Prisons

We have recently developed a pamphlet for foreign nationals detained in Indian prisons. It comprises of basic information of what to expect inside prison, information about availing legal aid, information about visits from family members, and primarily it comprises of contact details on all the embassies in India.

January 22, 2018

It’s Time India’s Police Reclaimed Its Lost Time

By Basant Rath (The Wire) The 73-page report was titled ‘8 Hours Dream of Police’. Constable Ravindra Pandurang Patil of Mumbai police had, in his 17 years of service, sent the same report to successive police commissioners.

January 19, 2018


This newsletter is in continuation of our earlier Jail Mail (view here) on questions asked in the Monsoon Session of the Parliament. You may recollect that in that session, which was held in July-August 2017, the Members of Parliament asked 24 questions relating to prisons and prisoners.

January 09, 2018

Right to Information Learning Programme in India for civil society and media representatives from Kenya- Report

CHRI organized an RTI Learning Programme in New Delhi, India for six delegates representing civil society and media organisations in Kenya in September 2017, with the support of the Commonwealth Foundation. A report.

December 22, 2017

NALSA SOP on Representation of Persons in Custody

हिरासत में व्यक्तियों के प्रतिनिधत्व के लिए राष्ट्रीय  विधिक सेवा प्राधिकरण की मानक संचालन  प्रक्रिया This poster provides a precise of the NALSA SOP on Representation of Persons in Custody 2016, and lists responsibil