It is with great sadness that CHRI reports about the passing on of Mr. Balraj Puri, noted journalist and crusader for human rights in India. He was a founder member of the National Campaign for People's Right to Information. He was a dear friend and mentor. At a conference to discuss RTI which CHRI helped organise in Jammu and Kashmir a few years ago, he gave invaluable advice to the policymakers to revise the old RTI law and make its practices and procedures similar to the Central RTI Act. His contribution to the cause of human rights and peace in J&K will always be remembered with great respect.