NHRC Awards Compensation in Punjab Case

December 2, 2004 | Comments Off on NHRC Awards Compensation in Punjab Case

On November 15, in the Punjab illegal cremations matter, the National Human Rights Commission announced a reward of 2.5 lakhs (around $5,500) to 109 families (See list) whose next of kin had been illegally cremated by the police, with no admission of liability or inquiry into the facts.  Although some hailed this as a positive development […]

Best Bakery Witness Recants, Again

December 2, 2004 | Comments Off on Best Bakery Witness Recants, Again

The second renouncement of key witness Zahira Sheikh further strained the fight for justice for victims and survivors of the 2002 pogroms against Muslims in Gujarat.  Zahira Sheikh had initially identified the persons responsible for burning down her father’s factory and killing 14 people.  In court, she became a hostile witness.  Later, at a press […]

Twenty Years of Impunity: November 1984

December 2, 2004 | Comments Off on Twenty Years of Impunity: November 1984

On the twentieth anniversary of the 1984 pogroms of Sikhs, leading international human rights organizations Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International issued statements against the impunity granted to perpetrators of the massacres.  Human Rights Watch stated: “The time for commissions that do not lead to prosecutions is over,” said Adams. “After two decades, the prosecutors […]