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 […]