Sichrem Team addressing the Media on Torture.

June 26, 2019

The team from SICHREM, addressed the media on the 25th June, 2019 in solidarity with the victims of Torture. As 26th of June every year is observed as the “International Day in support of victims of Torture”

25th, June, 2019


June 26th– World Day in support of Torture Victims

SICHREM calls upon the Govt. of India to ratify the UN Convention Against Torture (CAT)*.

Though India signed this convention on 14th October 1997, it is regretted to note that we have not ratified it till date. We also urge our Parliamentarians to pass the long pending Prevention of Torture Bill, 2017. Though the Law Commission of India in its 273rdReport recommended ratification, the same is not complied with by the Indian Govt.

Though torture has no sanction in the Indian Constitution and Statutes the Indian Police Stations and other custodial Institutions in India turn out to be ‘Torture Chambers’ often. Being in the Police custody is a nightmare for people, especially for those who are poor and not influential politically or economically. Torture is extensively used on political opponents and prisoners of conscience who are in custody. Absence of a specific and stringent law against Torture makes those in uniform impugn to punishment for the crime of torture.

Apart from torture in custodial centres, Sichrem defines Domestic violence and Corporal punishment on children also as Torture. We are in solidarity with those NGOs who intervene in such cases and fighting for justice to those victims.

We call upon the National Human Rights Commission of India to appraise the Govt. Of India, the need to ratify CAT and to pass the Prevention of Torture Bill.

*’The UN Convention Against Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or Punishment’, was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 10th Dec 1984. This treaty came into force on 26th June 1987. Hence this day is observed as ‘International Day in support of victims of Torture’. India signed this Convention on 14th Oct, 1997 but not ratified yet.

Yours Sincerely

Mathews Philip Margaret Sampath

Executive Director Deputy Director – HRE

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  1. Text of CAT
  2. The Prevention of Torture Bill 2017

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Media report dated 26th June 2019 on UdayaVani.

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture-26th June 2019

June 25, 2019

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The Human Rights week

December 7, 2018

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The Human Rights Day week concluded with the Candle light Vigil and oath at Town hall

70 Years Universal Declaration of Human Rights from Dec-2018

December 3, 2018

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70th Years Universal Declaration of Human Rights from Dec 1st to 10th 2018 on innogral function with SICHREM and different NGOs across Bangalore on Human Rights day celebration.

Respective resource person on the day

Mr. Mathew Philip Executive Director, SICHREM along with

Chief Guest

Chief Justice D.H. Waghela Chairperson of KSHRC

Guest of Honor

Mrs. Hemalatha Mahishi Senior advocate High Court of Karnataka

Presiding by:

Dr.Fr.Daniel Fernandes, SJ, Principal, SJCC

Fr. Alwyn Prakash D’Souza SJ, Coordinator, HR & Training Unit. ISI, B

Mr. Selwyn Paul, Assistant Professor and NSS officer, SJC

R.Manohar Regional Coordinator, HRDA

Mr. Mathews Philip, Executive Director SICHREM at Oslo

November 30, 2018

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Mr. Mathews Philip, Executive Director SICHREM at the panel discussion NHRF 30th anniversary at Oslo Norway.


October 29, 2018

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SICHREM organised Mobile Human Rights Legal Clinic at Janikiram Layout, Bangalore on 17th October, 2018.

October 17, 2018

SICHREM organised Mobile Human Rights Legal Clinic at Janikiram Layout, Bangalore on 17th October, 2018. There were about 20 participants and 6 cases were handled at the clinic. Most of the cases were related to family issues & property issues. Adv. Eunice Mercy & Adv. Shashikaka gave legal counseling to the victims.

Below are some photos taken.

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