The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) is looking for motivated individuals or students who want to enhance their knowledge and skills and contribute to its prison reforms programme.

The CHRI prison reform programme has worked in India for the past ten years and undertakes studies and advocacy projects to address prison conditions in India.

A major area is focused on highlighting failures of the legal system that results in overcrowding and prolonged detention, and engaging in interventions to ease this.

Description: The intern will work under the supervision of our Consultant, Prison Reform Programme in Kolkata and assist with a variety of tasks relating to jail visits, legal aid, reporting & compiling of documents etc. relating to our project Shadhinota.

The internship candidate should have commitment towards civil liberties and interest in working for the cause. Knowledge of criminal procedural and substantive laws, good computer skills, including word processing, email and internet is essential. Good writing skills will be an added advantage.

Duration:  3 months: April-June 2013 (Dates can be decided as per convenience)

Salary: Unpaid

Applications should be emailed to Madhurima Dhanuka at (madhurima@humanrightsinitiative.org). Applications must include a motivation letter, resume and a recent writing sample. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

CHRI is based in New Delhi, India, and has offices in London, UK and Accra, Ghana. The role is based in CHRI’s New Delhi office.

CHRI is an independent, non-partisan, nongovernment organisation working for the practical realisation of human rights across the Commonwealth. Further information about CHRI and the work of is police reform programme can be accessed at CHRI’s website (www.humanrightsinitiative.org).

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