101 Things You Wanted to Know About The Police But Were Too Afraid to Ask
101 things you wanted to know about the police but were too afraid to ask is a flagship CHRI publication. This handbook is an easy guide to knowing your police. CHRI strongly believes that it is only once we know that we can speak out against wrongful action and demand better standard of policing that we all deserve. To this end, the publication provides answers to over a hundred questions on the work duties and powers of the police alongside what citizens rights vis-à-vis the police are. The use of simple language and numerous illustrations makes it appealing to people from disparate backgrounds including those with basic education. The report has so far been published in Hindi, English, Kannada, Telugu, Gujarati and Marathi in India. Additionally this book has been translated in Dhivehi for the Maldives, in Urdu and Bangla for readers in Pakistan and Bangladesh respectively.
The 101 Questions in Urdu was a collaborative effort between CHRI and two partner organizations in Pakistan – SHEHRI CBE (citizens for a better environment) and The National Endowment for Democracy (NED). SHEHRI deals with a variety of urban issues and facilitates interaction between people and local governmental agencies in order to enhance mutual understanding, perpetuate transparency in law, and orchestrate effective local governments. NED, also a non-profit organization, drives to strengthen and expand democratic institutions the world over.
In Bangladesh, CHRI worked in conjunction with the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) as well as Nagorik Uddyog (NU) – The Citizens Initiative. BLAST is an organization centered on providing legal aid across the spectrum of systems. Additionally, it also helps in litigation, focusing on empowering disadvantaged men, women and children. With a vibrant team of paralegals it offers pro-bono aid across districts. It facilitates programmes of awareness in legal rights as well as engages closely with local administration to increase open dialogue. NU works on a multi-faceted agenda of spreading awareness as well as building capacity for people to recognize and demand their rights. The organization employs strategies such as setting up institutions and mobilizing citizens in attempt to institutionalise democratic practices that don’t exist for the underprivileged.
Working with the Maldivian Democracy Network(MDN), CHRI was able to successfully dispel 101 in the Maldives. The non-partisan organization focuses on the promotion of human rights and the spreading of awareness. The objective is to both advocate and lobby, through various mediums, for those whose voices are most often unheard. Working with the stressing need for democratic institutionalisation as a backdrop, the organization promotes and protects the rights of those at or below the grassroot level.
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