By Country Torture Prevention

Viet Nam: UN Committee against Torture considers the initial report of Viet Nam

Even Communist Vietnam ratified the UNCAT which India consistently refuses to do despite signing the same in 1997. On 15 November 2018, the UN Committee against Torture concluded its consideration of the initial report[1] of Viet Nam on the efforts made by the State party to implement the provisions of the Convention against Torture.[2] Introducing […]

By Country Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: ACHR calls for international sanctions against murder of democracy by President Sirisena

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena’s yesterday dissolved the parliament with effect from midnight Friday i.e. 9 November 2018 and called for general elections on 5th January 2019, two years ahead of the schedule. “This is nothing but the murder of democracy after failing to secure majority for the illegally-appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in the 225-member Parliament […]

Best Practices

Kenya’s anti-torture law shows India’s failure to criminalise torture

Kenya had a very tumultuous history. Kenyans suffered unspeakable and horrific gross violations of human rights at the hands of the British colonial administration between 1895 and 1963. In order to establish its authority in Kenya, the colonial government employed violence on the local population on an unprecedented scale, including massacres, torture and ill-treatment and […]

Jurisprudence

Document: Excerpts of the Sessions Court judgment in Udayakumar custodial death case, August 2018

Sessions Case No. 917/2012 clubbed with Sessions Case No. 916/2012 (RC.5(S)/08/CBI/SCB /Chennai) Vide judgment and order dated 25.07.2018, the Addl.Sessions Judge/Special Judge of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Sri. J. Nazar convicted six officials of the Kerala Police viz. Police Constable Jithakumar (Accused No.1), Police Constable Sreekumar S.V. (Accused No.2), Police Constable Soman (Accused […]