Punjab police officers attack reporter

October 31, 2005 | Comments Off on Punjab police officers attack reporter

Nearly a dozen Punjab police officers assaulted reporter Satender Chauhan at the PCA Stadium on October 28. Chauhan was covering a cricket match at the stadium when he saw a crowd of angry people who had allegedly bought tickets for the match but were not allowed to enter the stadium. According to these fans, Punjab […]

Developments in 1984 Issues

October 27, 2005 | Comments Off on Developments in 1984 Issues

The Union Home Ministry has asked India’s Central Bureau of Investigation to reopen cases against Congress party leaders Jagdish Tytler, Sajjan Kumar, and Dharam Dass Shastri. In other cases against these politicians, however, the CBI has proven to be poor prosecutors, failing to prepare arguments and marshall evidence. Further: The ministry, however, is yet to […]

Punjab Government Reinforces Impunity for Perpetrators of Extrajudicial Executions

October 27, 2005 | Comments Off on Punjab Government Reinforces Impunity for Perpetrators of Extrajudicial Executions

There have been several interesting updates regarding cases implicating the systematic abuses committed by Punjab police during their counter-insurgency operations of 1984 to 1995. This last month saw two blatant examples of impunity for perpetrators of abuses. The Punjab governor pardoned two police officers convicted of extrajudicial executions: This is the first time ever that […]

Expert Medical Groups Intervene in Punjab Mass Cremations Matter

October 27, 2005 | Comments Off on Expert Medical Groups Intervene in Punjab Mass Cremations Matter

In May and June 2005, ENSAAF organized the Physicians for Human Rights and the Bellevue/NYU School of Medicine Program for Survivors of Torture to conduct a study of 127 families who survived the disappearance of a family member in Amritsar, Punjab. These cases draw from those pending before the National Human Rights Commission in the […]

Fabricating Terrorism through Illegal Detention & Torture

October 27, 2005 | Comments Off on Fabricating Terrorism through Illegal Detention & Torture

On October 5, 2005, ENSAAF released its report Punjab Police: Fabricating Terrorism through Illegal Detention and Torture (June 2005 to August 2005). This report details human rights violations committed by Indian security forces in recent-militancy related arrests. From June 2005 to August 2005, Indian police claim to have arrested several dozen individuals intent on reviving […]

Punjab high court and human rights commission conflict

October 5, 2005 | Comments Off on Punjab high court and human rights commission conflict

The Punjab High Court and the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) have come into conflict over alleged interference in cases of police harrassment. On May 18, the court disposed of eight cases of police abuse, saying that the PSHRC had gone beyond its powers granted in the Human Rights Act and “interfered” in these […]

Chhattisgarh to send 1984 report to central government

October 3, 2005 | Comments Off on Chhattisgarh to send 1984 report to central government

Chief Minister Raman Singh has announced that the Chhattisgarh state government will send a report on the 1984 pogroms to the central government: “I have asked district collectors to collect records about families affected in riots after Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated. Based on these, the state will send a report to New Delhi […]

UN adopts international treaty against forced disappearances

October 1, 2005 | Comments Off on UN adopts international treaty against forced disappearances

The United Nations has adopted an international treaty against forced disappearances, called the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances. Amnesty International, the International Commission of Jurists, the International Federation of Human Rights, and Human Rights Watch commended the great step forward in the fight against forced disappearances, and called on […]

UN adopts international treaty against forced disappearances

October 1, 2005 | Comments Off on UN adopts international treaty against forced disappearances

The United Nations has adopted an international treaty against forced disappearances, called the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances. Amnesty International, the International Commission of Jurists, the International Federation of Human Rights, and Human Rights Watch said that this a great step forward in the fight against forced disappearances, and […]