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351 jails infected with COVID-19; infections in prisons increasing fast: NCAT, Time8 News

Time8 News 17 September 2020 GUWAHATI: The National Campaign Against Torture (NCAT) in its report, ‘The Status Of COVID-19 In Indian Prisons’, stated that out of the 1,350 jails in India, COVID-19 infections have been reported from at least 351 jails in 25 out of total 36 States/UTs of the country as of 31 August […]

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Andhra Pradesh has 5th highest number of prisons with Covid cases, The Times of India

The Times of India Umamaheswara Rao | TNN | Updated: Sep 17, 2020 VISAKHAPATNAM: Andhra Pradesh stands fifth in the country for number of jails reporting Covid-19 cases. The state currently has 28 jails which have reported coronavirus cases and is preceded by Uttar Pradesh (35 jails); Madhya Pradesh (34); Maharashtra (32); and Odisha (31). The […]

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Assam’s Jails Among Highest with COVID-19 Infections in India, Gplus

Gplus  NIBIR DEKA | SEPTEMBER 17, 2020 Assam has been ranked among the top states in India where COVID-19 protocols have been violated by jail authorities helping the virus to spread faster among jail inmates, a report by The National Campaign Against Torture (NCAT) pointed out. According to the report, the maximum number of COVID-19 […]

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‘One-fourth jails in India report Covid-19 cases, many ‘highly’ congested’: Report, The Hindustan Times

The Hindustan Times  16 September 2020 The National Campaign Against Torture (NCAT) said 351 of 1,350 jails across 25 states and Union territories in the country have reported Covid-19 cases till August 31. A non-government organization (NGO) on Wednesday said that 26 percent of India’s 1,350 jails have reported Covid-19 infections since the outbreak of […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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International Action Against Torture During December 2018

The  UN Committee against Torture on 7 December 2018 concluded its sixty-fifth session after adopting concluding observations and recommendations on the periodic reports of Canada, Guatemala, Maldives, the Netherlands, Peru and Viet Nam on the implementation of the provisions of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT).[1] The concluding […]

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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 […]

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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 Status of COVID-19 in Indian Prisons

  The National Campaign Against Torture (NCAT) in this report, The Status Of COVID-19 In Indian Prisons, stated that out of the 1,350 jails in India, COVID-19 infections have been reported from at least 351 jails in 25 out of total 36 States/UTs of the country as of 31 August 2020. The maximum number of […]

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Racism in India: The need for criminalisation of racism and racial crimes

New Delhi, 26 August 2020: The National Campaign Against Torture (NCAT) in its submission to the Committee for Reforms in Criminal Laws of the Ministry of Home Affairs today urged the Committee to insert new provisions in the Indian Penal Code i.e. Section 52B, 153C and Sections 509A to define, criminalise and penalise racial offences […]

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The indispensability of adding offences of torture in Indian Penal Code

The NCAT in its submission, “The indispensability of adding offences of torture in Indian Penal Code’ censured the Committee for Reforms in Criminal Laws for the exclusion of torture from its questionnaires for the 1st & 2nd Consultations on Substantive Criminal Law despite Union Home Minister Amit Shah declaring on 29.08.2019 declaring that ‘the era of third […]

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The Status of COVID-19 in Indian Prisons

  The National Campaign Against Torture (NCAT) in this report, The Status Of COVID-19 In Indian Prisons, stated that out of the 1,350 jails in India, COVID-19 infections have been reported from at least 351 jails in 25 out of total 36 States/UTs of the country as of 31 August 2020. The maximum number of […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Torture: India’s Self Made Hurdle to Extradition

As this report, “Torture: India’s Self Made Hurdle to Extradition“, is released today on 10th December 2018, the Government of India is awaiting the judgment of the Chief Magistrate Court, London, United Kingdom (UK) on its request for extradition of poster boy of India’s economic fugitives, Vijay Mallya. During the hearing, Mallya, inter alia, had […]

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Racism in India: The need for criminalisation of racism and racial crimes

New Delhi, 26 August 2020: The National Campaign Against Torture (NCAT) in its submission to the Committee for Reforms in Criminal Laws of the Ministry of Home Affairs today urged the Committee to insert new provisions in the Indian Penal Code i.e. Section 52B, 153C and Sections 509A to define, criminalise and penalise racial offences […]

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PRESS RELEASE: India records daily five deaths in custody, Uttar Pradesh tops deaths in police custody during 2019

New Delhi, 26 June: The National Campaign Against Torture (NCAT) in its “India: Annual Report on Torture 2019” released today on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture stated that a total of 1,731 persons died in custody during 2019 i.e. death of about five persons daily. These included 1,606 […]

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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 […]