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September 19, 2014
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Ensaaf Film Wins Award: Amnesty International Best Human Rights Short

(Pleasanton, CA)

Ensaaf’s film The Last Killing won the Amnesty International Best Human Rights Short award at the Isle of Wight Film Festival 2014.

The Last Killing will also be screening at the UNSPOKEN Human Rights Film Festival in Utica, NY from October 2 to 4, 2014, creating further awareness about the Decade of Disappearances in Punjab, India.

The Last Killing tells the story of police whistleblower Satwant Singh Manak’s fight for justice for the survivors of ten victims of unlawful killings, whose torture and executions he witnessed in the early 1990s.

On November 26, 2013, 19 years after Manak filed his lawsuit, the Punjab & Haryana High Court dismissed it. Not only did the Court refuse to order an inquiry into Manak’s testimony that he witnessed the Punjab Police torture and unlawfully kill these ten people, but it also fined Manak, ordering him to pay 2,000 Rupees to each of the accused police officers.

I will not be intimidated. I will not be scared, nor intimidated, nor sold.

—Satwant Singh Manak

With the assistance of Ensaaf, Supreme Court attorney Shadan Farasat and High Court attorney Rajvinder S. Bains, Manak filed an appeal to the Supreme Court. The petition includes a detailed affidavit, describing Manak’s personal experiences of police torture and his father’s death as a result of police torture. On July 14, 2014, the Supreme Court granted Manak and the families leave to appeal the High Court judgment that had denied them a high level inquiry into the killings. The Supreme Court also granted the families leave to intervene. Experienced human rights attorney Nitya Ramakrishnan, assisted by Shadan Farasat, represented Manak and the families at the hearing.

As Satwant Singh Manak told Ensaaf, “I will not be scared, nor intimidated, nor sold.” Watch and share the film, and be inspired by Manak’s struggle for justice.

Thank you!