Monthly Archives: November 2011

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.

NEW VIDEO: Survivors Speak Up

Our powerful new advocacy video, produced by the New Media Advocacy Project, showcases survivors’ determination to learn the true fate of their loved ones, as well as the continuing emotional and financial impact these abuses have had on families. Kashmir Singh’s son, Harjit Singh, was just one of the thousands of people disappeared or unlawfully killed by Indian security forces between 1984 and 1995. In the video, Kashmir Singh tells us: “My case has been highlighted before, but I’m asking you to bring even more attention to it. So that the government hears our voices . . . I’m asking you to tell this story to the world.”

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