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

Counter Currents 26 June 2019 New Delhi: 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. […]

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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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UN expresses grave concern about torture by the Taliban

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) expressed grave concern about credible accounts of Taliban subjecting detainees to ill-treatment and actions that may amount to torture, as well as serious allegations that some detainees were killed. UNAMA’s preliminary findings derive from face-to-face interviews with 13 detainees freed from a Taliban-run detention facility in Uruzgan on […]

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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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UNSR on Torture: The relationship between corruption and torture or ill-treatment

In his report to the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council (25 February–22 March 2019), the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment examined the relationship between corruption and torture or ill-treatment, outlined the predominant patterns of interaction between the two phenomena as well as their systemic root causes, […]

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NHRC: Cooked up post mortem reports in the custodial death of Saukhi Lal Kushwah raises questions about criminal justice system

That autopsies are critical for the administration of justice is undisputed. In cases warranting death sentence, autopsy reports determine the issue of death or life. Yet, autopsy reports in India are often doctored by the medical professionals, raising serious questions about administration of justice. On 2 August 2013, the Asian Centre for Human Rights  (ACHR)submitted […]