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01 Feb, 2016

CHRI deeply concerned by Manipur police killing of unarmed man, calls for investigation into the police/political

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) views with deep concern Manipur Police Head Constable T. Herojit Singh’s admission that he shot and killed Sanjit Meitei, an unarmed suspected member of an anti-State group, on the alleged instructions of a senior police officer. The shooting itself dates back to July 2009 read more

15 Dec, 2015

Rough Roads to Equality: Women Police in Bangladesh

In April 2014, over 200 female police personnel from across Bangladesh participated in workshops hosted by the Bangladesh Police Women’s Network (BPWN) and the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI).  In these workshops, they revealed details about their experiences to identify some of the barriers women face in the Bangladesh police read more

08 Dec, 2015

NAGAR To Launch Mumbai Police Helpline Directory

On 9 December, 2015 at the Press Club of Mumbai, NAGAR, a human rights organization working towards better policing, is set to release the Mumbai Police Helpline Directory, a tool to help citizens handle issues with the police and understand the hierarchy of the police establishment in the city in read more

07 Dec, 2015

CHRI Launches the Virtual Police Station - A Groundbreaking Training Tool for the Police and Empowerment Tool for the Public

“The Virtual Police Station is not just one more training tool for the Rajasthan Police Academy (RPA).  It enables us to deepen the understanding of the trainees on the core workings of a well managed police station. At the end of the day, service to the public must be seen read more

04 Dec, 2015

The Rise and Fall of Democratic Police Service in Kenya

Five years ago Kenya adopted a new constitution. It was a product of years-long struggle for a cornerstone document that would amalgamate and channel hopes, desires and aspirations of millions of Kenyans. The drafting process was a bottom-up, grassroots effort characterised by broad consultations and widespread participation and support. A people-powered constitution read more

02 Dec, 2015

Reform of Bangladesh's "Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention) Act, 2013" is Essential

Reform of the ‘Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention) Act, 2013’ to make it comprehensive and ensuring its proper implementation is essential, said Justice Awlad Ali, BLAST Vice-chairperson and Member, Permanent Court of Arbitration. Justice Awlad Ali stated this while chairing a national-level sharing meeting organized by BLAST. He also emphasized read more

09 Nov, 2015

CHRI urges the lifting of the state of emergency and restoration of constitutional rights and freedoms in the Maldives

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative Press Statement, November 6, 2015 New Delhi  The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) notes with deep concern the declaration of a state of emergency in the Maldives. We condemn the curbs on freedom from restraint, right to privacy, right to strike, freedom of assembly, freedom of movement, freedom read more

21 Sep, 2015

President Kenyatta's Replacement of Deputy Inspector General of Police Violates Constitution and Police Act

On September 1, President Uhuru Kenyatta singlehandedly dismissed acting Deputy Inspector-General Grace Kaindi and appointed the head of General Service Unit (GSU) – the paramilitary wing of Kenya’s police – as her replacement. Ms. Kaindi has subsequently challenged her removal in court claiming that due process was not followed and read more

14 Sep, 2015

Making the Police SMART? Public Demands, Law Enforcement and Women's Safety in India

South Asian societies are experiencing a growing awareness of rights and a higher degree of developmental aspirations and equally active democratic mobilizations, within a backdrop of widespread social and economic subordinations based on gender, caste, religion and wealth. Great tensions are generated between the democratic demands of liberty and justice read more

07 Sep, 2015

We Need Women in Uniform! Pakistan Launch of Women Police in South Asia Report

A citizen standing by the road finds it difficult to stop a vehicle passing by, but the same person in a uniform can manage the traffic. This shows the power a uniformed person holds in our society. We witness these uniform-bearers serving duties on the roadsides everyday, yet we have read more

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