Source description last updated: 22 January 2021
In brief: The Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) is a New Delhi-based NGO dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in South Asia.
Coverage on ecoi.net:
Reports, press releases and briefing papers
Covered monthly on ecoi.net, for countries of priorities A, B and C.
The ACHR seeks to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms by “[...] providing accurate and timely information and complaints to the National Human Rights Institutions, the United Nations bodies and mechanisms as appropriate; conducting investigation, research, campaigning and lobbying on country situations or individual cases; increasing the capacity of human rights defenders and civil society groups through relevant trainings on the use of national and international human rights procedures; providing input into international standard-setting processes on human rights; providing legal, political and practical advice according to the needs of human rights defenders and civil society groups; and by securing the economic, social and cultural rights through rights-based approaches to development.” (ACHR website: About Us, undated)
No information about the overall funding of the ACHR could be found. Specific ACHR’s projects such as the “Campaign Against Torture in India: Prevention, Accountability and Rehabilitation” and the “National Campaign for elimination of female foeticide in India”, including ACHR reports produced as part of these projects, have been funded by the European Commission’s programme European Instrument for Human Rights and Democracy (EIDHR) (see ACHR: Torture: India's Self Made Hurdle to Extradition, December 2018 and ACHR: The State of Female Feticide in Gujarat, December 2017).
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Thematic focus: political opposition groups, human rights defenders, ethnic and religious rights, prison conditions, torture, death penalty, violence against women and children, human trafficking, internally displaced persons
ACHR reports have been based on research in publicly accessible sources, including statutory law and jurisprudence and other sources of law (see, for example, ACHR: Torture: India's Self Made Hurdle to Extradition, December 2018), as well as media reports, reports from national human rights bodies (see, for example, ACHR: The State of Encounter Killings in India: Target, Detain, Torture, Execute, November 2018) government reports and national census data (see, for example, ACHR: The State of Female Feticide in Gujarat, 10 December 2017). References to sources are made by means of footnotes (see, for example, , ACHR: Torture: India's Self Made Hurdle to Extradition, December 2018, ACHR: The State of Encounter Killings in India: Target, Detain, Torture, Execute, November 2018 and ACHR: The State of Female Feticide in Gujarat, 10 December 2017) or endnotes (see, for example, ACHR: Female foeticide and India’s bride bazaar: The case of Haryana, 1 December 2017).
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