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November 1, 2012
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Decade of Disappearances Art Contest

(Pleasanton, CA) On the 28th anniversary of the 1984 pogroms of Sikhs in India, Ensaaf announces the launch of an online art contest that will bring attention to mass state crimes in India. In November 1984, senior political and government leaders organized and implemented pogroms against Sikhs throughout the country, in response to the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. In the following decade in Punjab, security forces, protected by a culture of impunity, disappeared and unlawfully killed thousands of individuals in counterinsurgency efforts that lasted until 1995.

Please check out the art contest on Facebook for more information about the theme, contest guidelines, and the winning prize.

In its continued effort to engage the international community on the issue of human rights violations committed by Indian security forces, Ensaaf is calling all artists to creatively depict the Decade of Disappearances. Entries will be collected until International Human Rights Day on December 10. The winning piece will become the face of Ensaaf’s upcoming social media campaign and the winning artist will receive a signed, iconic, limited edition fine art print titled "1984" by Singh Twins. Please check out the art contest on Facebook for more information about the theme, contest guidelines, and the winning prize.

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