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How India treats women in prisons NCRB report reveals overcrowding, large presence of inmates' children

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has released its in its Prison Statistics Report for 2019, and it showcases the ever-worsening plight of women prisoners. As per the data, out of the 4,78,600 prisoners, 4,58,687 were male prisoners and 19,913 were female prisoners. Out of about 1,300 prisons, there are 31 women’s jails in 15 States/Union Territories…

Struggle for Forest Rights in India stretches from East to West Part-2 of CJP’s webinar reveals how grassroot activists from West Bengal to Maharashtra still struggle for Forest Rights

In the second leg, CJP and AIUFWP’s webinar titled Forest Rights Movement and Covid-19, moved from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand to other parts of the country. Grassroot activists from West Bengal, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra joined moderator and CJP secretary Teesta Setalvad to share stories of how they continued a peaceful struggle for forest rights,…

NCRB’s Prison Statistics Report 2019 paints a bleak picture More under-trials than actual convicts behind bars!

The 25th edition of the Prison Statistics in India report released by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) reveals some shocking results; most notably that the number of under-trial prisoners still considerably overshadows the number of convicts in Indian jails! According to the report, 69.05 percent of those behind bars were under-trials, while 30.11 percent…

Forest Rights and Covid-19: Through the eyes of UP and Uttarakhand grassroot activists Part-1 of CJP’s webinar reveals how authorities are abusing their power to usurp rights of forest dwellers

On August 7 and 8, 2020, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) and All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP) conducted a two-day webinar titled Forest Rights Movement and Covid-19. The objective of this unique initiative was to provide a platform to forest rights defenders to share how officials of the forest department, police force…

Persons deprived of liberty require specific focus: UN-IASC Guidance on prisoners and detainees amidst Covid-19

In March this year, just as the Covid-19 pandemic was getting serious, an Inter-Agency Standing Committee issued interim guidance on how people deprived of their liberty should be treated amidst growing concerns of the Coronavirus infection. The two agencies; Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), jointly…

Covid-19 disproportionately affecting Indigenous people: UN OHCHR issues guidance on protection of Indigenous Rights during the pandemic

Indigenous communities, who often lack access to proper healthcare facilities, on account of a history of oppression and discrimination, are also suffering disproportionately due to the Covid-19 pandemic as per the United Nations. A guidance released by the Office of the Human Rights Commissioner, titled Covid-19 and Indigenous People’s Rights, says, “The COVID-19 pandemic is…

Child Rights

Impact of Covid-19 on Children Policy Brief by the UN examining challenges posed by the pandemic and how they make children even more vulnerable

In any crisis situation be it war, natural disasters or pandemics, children, especially those who belong to socio-economically backward and marginalised communities, end up becoming the most vulnerable demographic. Bearing this in mind, the United Nations (UN) has come up with a policy brief in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. It examines some of the…

List of Nodal Officers in Maharashtra For providing assistance to stranded migrants, students and tourists amidst the Covid-19 outbreak

As India enters the third phase of the lockdown efforts are being made to help people stuck in different state to get back to their home states. This process is being undertaken after inter-state discussions on how best to help hapless migrant workers, students, tourists and others go back home to their loved ones. The…

Covid-19: Notifications and advisories issued by Indian states A comprehensive resource on where to find all coronavirus related communication by various state governments

While central government started gearing up for COVID 19 sometime in February, there were some states like Kerala and Madhya Pradesh which had started issuing Covid-19 related preventive measures in January itself. Here is a ready reckoner for accessing these notifications and orders with respect to COVID19 issued by states and Union Territories (UT) and…

COVID19 – Central govt advisories, notifications, guidelines A comprehensive resource for all relevant documents released by the Centre in relation to COVID-19

The Central government has been issuing advisories, notifications, guidelines and other such communiques ever since the COVID-19 outbreak in India. These include travel advisories and guidelines for airports for screening international travellers arriving in India. The next stage of local and community transmissions brought in more and more such notifications and guidelines aimed at not…

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