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Four men convicted of brutal rape in Delhi in 2012 hanged, The Straight Times, Singapore, 20.03.2020

The Straits Times Published on 20 March 2020 NEW DELHI – Four rapists convicted for the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman on a moving off-duty private bus in Delhi in 2012 were hanged Friday morning, bringing to close a long-drawn and painful case in India. The brutal assault triggered widespread outrage across the […]

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India hangs four men over 2012 Delhi bus gang rape and murder, Aljazeera, 20.03.2020

The four men, who were convicted to death in 2013, were executed at Tihar Jail after their clemency pleas were rejected. Aljazeera Published on 20 March 2020 India executed four men on Friday for the gang rape and murder of a woman on a Delhi bus in 2012 that sparked huge nationwide protests and international revulsion. The four […]

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CAA has made 6 lakh refugees forever stateless, says rights group, The Hindu, 19.03.2020

The Hindu 19 March 2020 ‘They are defined as illegal immigrants, shall remain liable for deportation’ A New Delhi-based rights group has said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 has made about 6,00,000 refugees in India forever stateless and vulnerable to refoulement. The CAA prescribes citizenship for six non-Muslim communities which took refuge in India from Afghanistan, Bangladesh […]

Torture Prevention

International Action against Torture during April 2019

The United Nations mechanisms and the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) took a number of measures against torture. This includes consideration of the periodic reports by the UN Committee Against Torture, country visit of the UN Sub-Committee Against Torture, interventions of the UN […]

Torture Prevention

International Action Against Torture During March 2019

UN Human Rights Committee urged Viet Nam to end torture and ill-treatment On 11-12 March 2019, the UN Human Rights Committee, which monitors the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, considered the third report of Viet Nam at its 3580th and 3581st meetings, and on 25 March 2019 during its 3599th […]

Torture Prevention

International Action Against Torture During February 2019

37th Session of SPT held:  The UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (SPT) held its 37th Session in Geneva, Switzerland from 18 February to 22 February 2019. The SPT session information is confidential, but the SPT publishes annual reports on its activities. Its sessions generally […]

Jurisprudence Resources

India: Judiciary’s action against torture during April 2019

The Judiciary in India regularly adjudicates cases of illegal, unjustified and unwarranted arrests, extracting confession from innocent persons for offences which they have never committed, by way of custodial violence, which often results in death. Some of the emblematic cases of judicial action during April 2019 are given below: Case 1: Rajasthan High Court directs […]

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India: Interventions by NHRIs against torture during April 2019

The National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) of India i.e. National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the State Human Rights Commissions (SHRCs) are mandated to address human rights violations and continue to intervene in cases of torture. As per latest data available, the National Human Rights Commission registered a total of 5,722 fresh cases, including 12 […]

Jurisprudence Resources

India: Judiciary’s action against torture during March 2019

The judiciary regularly adjudicates cases of illegal, unjustified and unwarranted arrests, extracting confession from innocent persons for offences which they have never committed, by way of custodial violence. The emblematic cases are given below. Case 1: Delhi court sentenced five Uttar Pradesh police personnel to 10 years imprisonment for custodial death On 20 March 2019, […]

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The State of Torture in Telangana

Telangana is once again in the news on unabated extrajudicial executions in the State. On 6 December 2019, the four accused in the horrific gang-rape and murder of a veterinary doctor at Chatanpally in Hyderabad were shot dead by the police in an alleged encounter. The accused were in judicial custody and were taken to […]

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The State of Torture in Manipur

This briefing paper examines the state of torture and impunity provided by the State of Manipur. On 18 December 2018, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) wrote a letter to the Chief Secretary of Manipur stating that despite repeated requests, sanction of prosecution in seven cases of extrajudicial executions by the security forces had not […]

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Torture in India Update: Tripura

This briefing paper examines the state of torture in India with special focus on Tripura. As per the latest report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), four cases were registered against police for custodial violence in Tripura during 2017. Reports of torture continue to be reported from the State. On 31 October 2019, Mangal […]

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About 37 lakhs or 89% of the NRC exclusion list suffering from mental torture, trauma and humiliation, NCAT survey   

New Delhi: Releasing its report, “Assam’s NRC: Four Million Tales of Mental Torture, Trauma & Humiliation”, containing the survey on the state of mental health of those excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC), the National Campaign Against Torture (NCAT) stated that about 37 lakhs or 89% of over 41 lakhs excluded from the […]

India Press Releases

Press Release: 1,966 custodial deaths in India during 2018, India urged to ratify UNCAT

The  “Campaign Against Torture in India” while releasing  “India: Annual Report on Torture 2018” on the United Nations Day Against Torture stated that during 2018, a total of 1,966 custodial deaths were reported to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) including 147 deaths in police custody and 1,819 deaths in judicial custody. These figures do not […]

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External link: MASUM highlights torture in West Bengal

Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) in its 2018 Annual Report highlighted human rights violations in West Bengal. MASUM had lodged 184 complaints in 2018 with the National Human Rights Commission on almost eighteen different types of cases of human rights violations including 16% cases of torture perpetrated by the BSF personnel and 10% cases of […]

By Country Resources

Uganda’s anti-torture law: A mirror image showing India’s failure to criminalise torture

The Uganda Constitution of 1995 provides that no person shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. On 3 November 1986, Uganda ratified the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.[1] In 2012, Uganda enacted the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act giving effect to […]

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Press Release: Nirbhaya convicts hanged: 34% increase of rape cases and 19% decrease of murder cases since the  Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case show death penalty does not act as a deterrent

NEW DELHI:  Four convicts of the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case i.e. Mukesh Singh, Akshay Singh Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma were hanged in New Delhi’s Tihar jail this morning (20th March 2020). “Though the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case shakes conscience of the humanity for the sheer barbarity, death penalty does not act as a […]

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Press Release: CAA Impact – About 6,00,000 refugees made forever stateless, India urged to using stop refugees as pawns as stated in the counter-affidavit to the Supreme Court

NEW DELHI: The National Campaign Against Torture (NCAT) today (18 March 2020) stated that about 6,00,000 refugees in India have been made forever stateless and remain at risks of refoulement because of their exclusion from the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA) which grants citizenship only to the Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from […]

India Press Releases

Press Release: 1,966 custodial deaths in India during 2018, India urged to ratify UNCAT

The  “Campaign Against Torture in India” while releasing  “India: Annual Report on Torture 2018” on the United Nations Day Against Torture stated that during 2018, a total of 1,966 custodial deaths were reported to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) including 147 deaths in police custody and 1,819 deaths in judicial custody. These figures do not […]