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Disappeared But Not Forgotten

Despite everything being well, nothing is well
The mother whose son is not alive
The brother whose sister is dying
The wife whose husband, despite being alive, is not alive

– Gunjiv ‘Baagi’ Singh

The First Annual Ensaaf 5K Walk was a reminder of the need to achieve justice for those disappeared by Indian security forces from 1984 to 1995 in Punjab. Watch this video with footage of our supporters in Fremont, New York, and London walking in honor of victims of disappearances.

Thank you for your support. Donate now so we can bring perpetrators to justice and end impunity.

Why Ambri Pukhraj Will Appear for the Disappeared (5K Walk)

In this video, Ensaaf’s Development Director Ambri Pukhraj, shares why she joined Ensaaf and invites you to participate in Appear for the Disappeared, Ensaaf’s 5K fundraising walk in Fremont, CA on April 6, 2013. We’re also thrilled to have supporters joining us in New York City and London! In both cities, a group of walkers will be walking for Appear for the Disappeared on April 6th. All of us will be connected through Skype. You can register for any of the walks here (you can register as a virtual walker as well)!. Please help us reach our goal of 500 walkers!

Why Christina Cusolito Will Appear for the Disappeared (5K Walk)

Continuing our series of what inspires people to support the work of Ensaaf, please watch this video interview of Ensaaf Office Manager Christina Cusolito. On behalf of all of us at Ensaaf, she asks you to Appear for the Disappeared on April 6, 2013 at Lake Elizabeth in Fremont, CA. Each registrant will receive a short bio of a person who was disappeared in Punjab by Indian security forces; we are counting on you to help us reach our goal of commemorating 500 victims. Please register today (you can participate as a virtual walker as well)!

Who Are the Disappeared? (5K Walk)

Watch family members share their stories of the disappeared and learn about Ensaaf’s work. On Saturday, April 6, will you appear in the memory of a victim of disappearance? Let’s act and show solidarity to survivors of disappearances in Punjab. As professor Judith Herman said: “All the perpetrator asks is that the bystander do nothing … The victim demands action, engagement, and remembering.” Let’s work to bridge the gap between impunity and justice in Punjab.

Please register individually, whether you are walking in Fremont, CA, or virtually, so that we can commemorate 500 victims of disappearances through this event. Each registrant will receive a short bio of a person who was disappeared in Punjab by Indian security forces during the Decade of Disappearances!

Why Satvinder Kaur Dhaliwal Will Appear for the Disappeared (5K Walk)

Program Manager Satvinder Kaur Dhaliwal shares why she joined Ensaaf and asks you to Appear for the Disappeared on April 6, 2013 at Lake Elizabeth in Fremont, CA. We are counting on you to help us commemorate 500 victims of disappearances through this event. Each registrant will receive a short bio of a person who was disappeared in Punjab by Indian security forces during the Decade of Disappearances.

Please register, set a fundraising goal, and create your own fundraising page. You can join us as a virtual participant, as well!

Listen & Remember: Operation Bluestar

What happened during Operation Bluestar and how did it affect the people of Punjab?

Click here and listen to how an army offensive against the Harmandir Sahib launched a decade of enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions perpetrated by Indian security forces in the state of Punjab.

Help us remember. Please share this podcast on Twitter and Facebook.

Listen & Remember: Major Singh, Musician

What happens when a 21-year-old musician begins composing folk ballads critical of the Indian government?

Click here and listen to the story of Major Singh, a young Amritsar villager who chose to speak the truth, even while living through brutal government repression in Punjab, India from 1984 to 1995 (page 554).

Join us in remembering Major Singh and the thousands like him.  Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Chaman Lal in HD

Although the vast majority of India’s counterinsurgency victims in Punjab were Sikh, Chaman Lal’s plight shows how impunity empowered its security forces to target anyone, including poor Hindu families like his. For the first time, we invite you to watch Chaman Lal’s story in high-definition. His inspiring yet fruitless struggle to obtain justice for the illegal abduction and murder of his son reminds us that the fight to end impunity in Punjab is far from over.  Please share this video to give voice to Chaman Lal and the countless other parents who lost their children to India’s brutal counterinsurgency policies.

Impunity in Punjab

Impunity in Punjab is the third in a series of moving videos produced by the New Media Advocacy Project in collaboration with Ensaaf.  Watch survivors and human rights activists tell how the Punjab Police destroyed families by violating human rights and disregarding legal consequences. By sharing the link you help end the silence surrounding Punjab’s decade of darkness.

Paramjit Kaur Khalra: “Something needs to be done about the slaughter that took place in Punjab.”


In our new video, Paramjit Kaur Khalra describes the need for a truth commission to redress the thousands of disappearances and killings in Punjab, India perpetrated during the counterinsurgency of 1984 to 1995. In September and October 1995, Indian security forces illegally detained, tortured, and killed her husband, human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra, for his work uncovering over 2,000 cases of extrajudicial executions and secret cremations in Amritsar district alone. Today, November 4, 2011, India’s Supreme Court upheld life imprisonment for five officers involved in Khalra’s unlawful abduction, torture, and killing. Mrs. Khalra continues to seek justice for the all victims of illegal killings and disappearances.