A Strong Path for 2017
Your support today is necessary to create the Virtual Site of Conscience based on the Decade of Disappearances in Punjab. In 2010, Ensaaf embarked on a village-by-village census project in Punjab to document disappearances and unlawful killings by Indian security forces from 1984 to 1995. We covered over 12,000 villages and dozens of urban areas to document every possible case.
The project aims to fulfill a significant need to counter state denials, expose the widespread and systematic extent of the abuses, erode the moral authority of perpetrators who had received promotions and launched amnesty campaigns, and bring to light the continued perpetration of crimes and application of repressive laws against dissenting minority communities in India.
This month, we introduced you to a few key components of the Virtual Site of Conscience. We began with the Oral History and Video Testimonies Project. Ensaaf is creating a searchable, tagged video archive of 200 oral histories recorded during our Punjab Documentation Project.
This week, we introduced you to our plans to create a map of disappearances in Punjab, village-by-village, revealing individual case narratives, photographs, and videos of survivors and victims of the Decade of Disappearances in Punjab. That map will showcase each case documented by Ensaaf. It will unveil and preserve testimonies of state abuse. Furthermore, the map interface will allow survivors of torture and illegal detention to report information on co-detainees and co-victims, building additional evidence for accountability.
This week, we introduced you to two more visualizations we will create. To expose the widespread and systematic extent of abuses in Punjab, we will present our survey data in an interactive map, allowing the user to explore demographics of victims, prior detentions and experiences of torture, witnesses to the abuses, characteristics of the unlawful killing or disappearance, how security forces disposed of bodies, subsequent harassment experienced by families, remedies pursued, if any, and remedies desired, among other issues.
To build evidence for accountability and erode the moral authority of perpetrators, we will also build a visualization allowing VSC visitors to click on senior police officers and see the distribution of killings and disappearances in Punjab that occurred under their command, wherever they served in Punjab. The visitor will also be able to read specific factual narratives of their victims drawn from our documentation project, see photos of victims, and watch videos of related oral histories.
Please donate today to make the VSC come to fruition. We need your support to achieve justice and end impunity for the Decade of Disappearances in Punjab!
Learn more about Ensaaf, by reading up on recent projects:
- Watch Survivor Interviews, Days after November 1984
- A Labor of Love: In Memory of Kuljit S. Dhatt
- A Witness Among the Bodies: Surviving Bluestar
- The Last Killing: Award-winning documentary and litigation support