Supreme Court's issues directions on government funding to NGOs based on ACHR's report, 11 January 2017

Senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, who was appointed as Amicus Curiae to assist the Supreme Court on a PIL relating to funding by the government of India to NGOs placed the startling revelations contained in a report, India's Funds to NGOs Squandered, published by Asian Centre for Human Rights during the hearing on 10.01.2017. As per tentative figures gathered from Central and State departments by ACHR, between 2002 and 2009, funds amounting to Rs 4756 crore was disbursed by Centre while States (not including all) gave away Rs 6,654 crore without receiving any account on how the money was spent. The apex court directed audit of government funding to NGOs to be completed by 31 March 2017.


Supreme Court's issues directions to NHRC and Government of India on stand alone anti-torture law, 10 January 2017

A PIL by ex-law minister and Ashwani Kumar sought a direction from the Supreme Court to the Government of India to enact a stand-alone law to punish police for custodial torture. The research conducted by ACHR for its "Torture in India 2011" report has been used in the PIL.



The opinion editiorials of Director of ACHR, Mr. Suhas Chakma, on critical human rights issues may be followed here...

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