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November 29, 2012

It’s the Right Time For Justice.

(Pleasanton, CA)

Dear Supporter,

Yesterday, Sikhs celebrated the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji: A remarkable leader who had the courage to pursue truth and justice even when doing so was punishable by imprisonment and torture. In 1521, he spoke out against the injustices committed by Babur and his invading forces and went to jail for civil disobedience. Unafraid to act as a witness to what he saw, Guru Nanak said: "There was so much slaughter that the people screamed. Didn't You feel compassion?... If a powerful tiger attacks a flock of sheep and kills them, then its master must answer for it." Today, once again, Punjab finds itself mired by a legacy of falsehood. That is why we are asking you to join us in standing up for the truth.

With your help, we believe justice can be achieved and the truth will be told.

The truth is that families who survived Punjab’s Decade of Disappearances (1984 – 1995) have waited too long for truth, justice, and reparation. As the years pass, witnesses die and documents are destroyed, and it will be increasingly difficult to hold perpetrators accountable and end impunity in India. The truth is that time is running out.

At Ensaaf, we believe the time for justice is now. In November 2011, the Supreme Court of India upheld the conviction of five police officers charged with the murder of Jaswant Singh Khalra, a case in which Ensaaf provided litigation support. During that same year, Ensaaf partnered with the New Media Advocacy Project to release a series of powerful documentary videos showcasing Punjab’s human rights story. These milestones and our current successes in documenting disappearances in Punjab confirm that the momentum towards justice is building.

But we need your financial support to keep it going. It is a race against time. With your help, we believe justice can be achieved and the truth will be told.