On 25 June 2019, a day ahead of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC) ordered the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to investigate the custodial death of undertrial prisoner Syed Fairoz, aged 21 years, at Parappana Agrahara Central Prison, Bengaluru on 24 January this year. The National Human Rights Commission had registered 35 deaths in police custody during 2009-2010 to 2018-19. In addition, deaths in judicial custody due to torture, lack of proper medical treatment etc continued to be reported at various jails across the State. As per NHRC data, a total of 175 prisoners died in jails of Karnataka during 2008-2018.
India’s Covid-19 Lockdown: Unprovoked Police Beating, Unwarranted Deaths & Uninterrupted Repression report provides detailed description and analysis of arrest, torture and deaths at the hands of police; deaths of the migrant workers while returning home; repression on doctors, journalists and activists during Covid-19 in India; and examines the role of the judiciary during the pandemic. […]
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 […]
Nigeria had been a signatory to the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT) since 28 July 1998 and it ratified the convention on 28 July 2001, in less than three years of becoming a signatory to the instrument. Nigeria accepted the Inquiry Procedure provided under Article 20 […]