Campaign for Custodial Justice and Abolition of Torture

Campaign for Custodial Justice and Abolition of Torture is a State-wide Campaign formed at the First State Level Consultation on October 9th and 10th 1998 at Chennai. The Campaign organised the First State-level Convention on 11th October 2002.  400 delegates participated in the Convention. This Campaign is comprised of 190 member organisations covering 32 Districts. The membership is comprised of victims of custodial injustice, social activists, political parties, trade unions, voluntary organisations, local government institutions, human rights activists, representatives of dalits, adivasi, women and trade organisations, teachers, lawyers etc., In this convention the delegates passed resolutions regarding torture as an offence in law, abolishing all forms of torture and necessity to ratify the United Nation Convention on Abolition of Torture, withdraw POTA and Repeal Special Detention Laws. Reforming Police and Prison Department, working on Human Rights Courts, Custody / Arrest memo implementation as directed by the Supreme Court were the other important decisions taken at the Convention. The First State-Level Convention was charred jointly by Justice H.Suresh and Justice D.K.Basu.

This campaign is comprised of 160 member organisations covering 32 districts. The membership includes victims of custodial injustice, social activists, political parties, trade unions, voluntary organisations, local government institutions, human rights activists, voluntary organisations, representatives of dalits, adivasi, women and trade organisations, teachers, lawyers, etc.

Objectives of the Campaign

  • To define torture as an offence in law in order to have it abolished.
  • To create awareness among the public about the rights of people who are in custody.
  • Support the protests of grossroot voices and building a network of organisations and socially committed individuals to campaign for human rights standards.
  • To campaign and build support for the proposed reforms needed in custodial institutions based on human rights standards.
  • To monitor the functioning and to bring to light the overall human rights violations in State Custodial Institutions with documentation of case studies.
  • To build the campaign inclusive of victims of human rights violations while in custody.  Wherever possible to support victims with services of legal aid, counselling, shelter and rehabilitation.