On October 9th, 2006, the Indian National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) effectively ended its consideration of the Punjab mass cremations case, arbitrarily compensating 1,245 victim families and establishing another commission of inquiry. Among its many failings in the case, the NHRC refused to investigate a single cremation, thus making any compensation arbitrary and inadequate. Moreover, […]

Update on Bhalla Commission Hearings

January 12, 2007 | Comments Off on Update on Bhalla Commission Hearings

Of the 2000-plus illegal cremations in Punjab acknowledged by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in the Punjab mass cremations case, 814 bodies have yet to be identified. The NHRC appointed a Commissioner, retired High Court Judge K.S. Bhalla, for receiving evidence and conducting an inquiry to identify the remaining bodies, if possible, within eight months. In […]

On December 23, 2006, Jalandhar and Ropar police officials arrested three Sikhs, Amolak Singh, Jasvinder Singh, and Parmjeet Singh Dhadi, on suspicion of planning terrorist activities to disrupt next year’s assembly elections in Punjab.  Mr. Dhadi, a UK citizen, claims to have been tortured in Jalandhar police custody. They have since been transferred to the high-security […]

December 2006 Issue of Ensaaf DISPATCH

January 9, 2007 | Comments Off on December 2006 Issue of Ensaaf DISPATCH

Ensaaf has released the December 2006 issue of its quarterly newsletter, the Ensaaf DISPATCH (pdf). This DISPATCH includes the following articles: NHRC Issues Final Order: Denial of Truth, Justice, and Reparations Commission in Amritsar to Identify Remaining Cremations High Court Stalling Efforts to Prosecute KPS Gill PHR/Bellevue Respond to NHRC’s Attacks Police Admit to Faking […]