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April 24, 2017

Let the World Know about Charanjit Kaur’s 10-Year Old Son

Imagine sending your son to school one day, only for the police to gun him down. On November 14, 1989, Charanjit Kaur’s ten year old son Gurjit Singh went to school, never to return home alive.

April 19, 2017

Double Your Donation Today: Help Build a Video Testimony Library

The VSC will establish the first virtual memorial dedicated to the victims and survivors of crimes against humanity in India.

December 30, 2016

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.

December 27, 2016

Mapping the Killers

The Architects of the Abuses

As part of its Virtual Site of Conscience, Ensaaf will create visualizations that will promote accountability and support prosecutions for crimes against humanity in Punjab.

December 25, 2016

Tell Our Story to the World

Ensaaf aims to build an interactive visualization to further expose the widespread and systematic extent of the unlawful killings and disappearances in Punjab, similar to the interactive map prepared by Peacebuilding Data on the D.R. Congo.

December 22, 2016

Save A Testimony on Human Rights Day

On Human Rights Day, please reflect on the families of Punjab waiting for truth and justice for their disappeared and unlawfully killed loves ones.

December 10, 2016

Mapping the Disappeared and Crimes Against Humanity

Over the last several years, Ensaaf undertook the largest initiative in the history of India to document cases of disappearances, unlawful killings, and torture in Punjab.

November 29, 2016

Giving Tuesday: Save a Testimony Today

On Giving Tuesday, please donate to Ensaaf and fund video testimonies on disappearances, unlawful killings, or the torture of family members of victims. Now is the time to create history and support one of the largest human rights documentation initiatives in India.

November 16, 2016

Double your Donation to Ensaaf

Starting today, November 12th, the Dasvandh Network will double your donation to Ensaaf until November 20th. DVN will match up to $500 from an individual donor, and up to $5,000 total per organization. Please donate today!

November 12, 2016

Double your Donation to Ensaaf

Starting today, November 12th, the Dasvandh Network will double your donation to Ensaaf until November 20th. DVN will match up to $500 from an individual donor, and up to $5,000 total per organization. Please donate today!

November 9, 2016

Dasvandh Week: Double your Donation to Ensaaf

From November 12 to November 20, you can double your donation to Ensaaf through the Dasvandh Network.

November 1, 2016

32 Years of Impunity

On the 32nd anniversary of the November 1984 pogroms of Sikhs in India, Ensaaf shares news footage of interviews with survivors of the violence.

September 6, 2016

21st Anniversary of Jaswant Singh Khalra’s Abduction

Today, on the 21st anniversary of his abduction, Ensaaf remembers the heroism and courage of human rights defender Jaswant Singh Khalra. Ensaaf invites you to watch A Light of Justice: Commemorating Jaswant Singh Khalra. This 30-minute film contains interviews with Khalra’s family, as well as archival footage of Khalra when he was investigating secret cremations and disappearances in Punjab, India.

August 30, 2016

International Day of the Disappeared

On this International Day of the Disappeared, Ensaaf calls on the government of India to provide truth and justice to the survivors of the disappeared from 1984 to 1995 in Punjab, India.

June 30, 2016

PHOTO ESSAY: FIVE HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN PUNJAB

In this photo essay, we highlight 5 cases of fundamental human rights violations, as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

June 26, 2016

10K in 10 Days:

Matching Campaign Launches on International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Today, on June 26, to mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture and enable Ensaaf to continue its work documenting gross human rights abuses in Punjab, a generous donor has offered to match $10,000 raised by Ensaaf. Our goal is to raise 10K in 10 days, by July 5.

June 1, 2016

A Witness Among the Bodies: Surviving Bluestar

On the 32nd anniversary, Ensaaf shares an eyewitness account of the Indian Army assault on the Harmandir Sahib Complex in Amritsar, Punjab, from June 1 to June 6, 1984.

March 8, 2016

Job Opening at Ensaaf: Program Associate

Ensaaf is seeking a full-time Program Associate to draft case summaries based on interviews, collected by Ensaaf, of families whose loved ones were unlawfully killed or disappeared by India's security forces.

January 22, 2016

Thank You For Your Support In 2015!

Because of your generosity we raised $32,000 in the last three weeks of December 2015.

December 30, 2015

Join Elvis Fraser in Giving to Ensaaf

We have 2 days left in our #WhyIGiveToEnsaaf campaign with our goal to raise $100,000. To date, we have raised $28,000. Help us reach our goal by donating today!

December 28, 2015

Will You Help Preserve One Family’s Testimony?

During our #WhyIGiveToEnsaaf campaign we have shared stories that survivors in Punjab have entrusted with Ensaaf. We have captured these moments -- from Manjit Singh’s Last Meal to Harjinder Singh’s Wedding, on this page.

December 22, 2015

Harjinder Singh's Wedding

Harjinder Singh was 26 years old when officials from Punjab Police, Central Reserve Police Force, and the Border Security Force killed him.

December 17, 2015

How My Chachi Ji Remembers, Today

#WhyIGiveToEnsaaf

“My Chacha Ji was the kindest and funniest person I’ve ever known. Whenever he entered a room, he brought laughter with him.”

December 15, 2015

Reach Out To Your Villages: Report Abuse by Punjab Police

Khalra Mission Organisation, the Punjab Human Rights Organisation, and Ensaaf have released a new web-based human rights tool to help empower victims to report police abuse at ReportPunjabPolice.org.

December 11, 2015

Balwinder Singh’s Turban

Balwinder Singh was 22 years old and wore a maroon turban on the day police killed him. On March 22, 1993, Punjab Police abducted Balwinder Singh while he was on a bus with his mother. Later that evening, they killed him in a fake encounter.

December 10, 2015

Report Abuse. Expose the Facts.

http://ReportPunjabPolice.org

On Human Rights Day, 10 December, Khalra Mission Organisation, the Punjab Human Rights Organisation, and Ensaaf release a new web-based human rights tool to help empower victims of government abuse to report their experiences at ReportPunjabPolice.org.

December 8, 2015

Manjit Singh’s Last Meal

This week, Ensaaf launches its #WhyIGiveToEnsaaf campaign asking its supporters to let us know why you give your time, money, or social media space to Ensaaf. While we gain inspiration from your stories of support, we hope to raise $100,000 by the end of 2015 to hire two staff.

December 1, 2015

#WhyIGiveToEnsaaf

On Giving Tuesday, join Ensaaf’s #WhyIGivetoEnsaaf campaign. Donate to Ensaaf to help us reach the remaining 1,000 villages in Punjab, take more stories to international platforms like Al Jazeera, and continue legal advocacy in India.

November 30, 2015

You Shop. Amazon Gives.

As you shop online this Cyber Monday, please shop through AmazonSmile! Amazon will give 0.5% of your purchase price to Ensaaf if you select Ensaaf as your nonprofit of choice on AmazonSmile.

November 25, 2015

Smile for Justice! Ensaaf partners with AmazonSmile

As you shop online this Black Friday and Cyber Monday, please shop through AmazonSmile! 0.5% of your purchase price will go to Ensaaf if you select Ensaaf as your nonprofit of choice on AmazonSmile.

November 19, 2015

Ensaaf's Documentary Goes To Doha

Al Jazeera has selected Ensaaf’s documentary, The Last Killing, to screen at the Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival 11 in Doha between November 26 and November 29, 2015.

September 22, 2015

Ensaaf Film Wins Prominent Award for The Last Killing, Exposing Government Lies

Ensaaf’s film, The Last Killing, won the Best Documentary Short at the New Filmmakers Los Angeles “Best of 2014” awards on September 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California!

September 9, 2015

A Light of Justice: Commemorating Jaswant Singh Khalra

Today, we are re-releasing A Light of Justice: Commemorating Jaswant Singh Khalra with a few edits to the subtitles to reflect the inspiration behind Khalra’s work and sacrifice.

September 6, 2015

New Movie Release - A Light of Justice: Commemorating Jaswant Singh Khalra

Today, on the 20th anniversary of the police abduction of human rights defender Jaswant Singh Khalra, Ensaaf released A Light of Justice: Commemorating Jaswant Singh Khalra.

August 14, 2015

Thank You!

Because of your generosity, we raised $30k in 30 days, and will receive the $30K match!

August 5, 2015

Help Us Make this Happen!

We only have 8 days left until our $30k in 30 days challenge ends on August 13th! With your support, we’ve raised nearly $10,000!

July 29, 2015

Double your Dollar Today

With your support, we have raised $4,698. We need your help to meet our goal of $30,000 by August 13, 2015.

July 24, 2015

Double your Dollar Today

In a little over a week, Ensaaf has only raised $2,543 towards our $30k in 30 days challenge. We need your help to meet our goal of $30,000 by August 13, 2015. Your donations will be matched one-to-one up to $30,000 by a generous family.

July 20, 2015

Achieving the Unachievable: Double Your Impact

Sukhman and I launched Ensaaf over 10 years ago, after traveling in rural Punjab and meeting with families whose loved ones were “disappeared” by India’s security forces. Many of these survivors were single mothers, or aging parents, but they all wanted to know the fate of their family members.

July 15, 2015

DOUBLE YOUR DOLLAR: 30K IN 30 DAYS

Double your donation over the next 30 days! If Ensaaf raises $30,000 by August 13, a generous family will match that amount!

May 31, 2015

A Song To Remember

On the 31st anniversary of the Indian Army assault on the Harmandir Sahib complex, Ensaaf releases A Song to Remember.

May 27, 2015

Appear for the Disappeared 2015: 5K Walk and Health Fair

We, at Ensaaf and Jakara Movement, are pleased to announce that registration is now open for our 5K fundraising walk and health fair, Appear for the Disappeared 2015. This event will take place on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at North Natomas Community Park in Sacramento, CA.

April 15, 2015

Illegal Detention and Abuse of U.S. Citizen in Punjab

Ravinderjeet Singh’s father, Surat Singh, began a hunger strike on January 16, 2015 from his home in Punjab to protest the Indian government’s refusal to release Sikh prisoners who have completed their respective prison sentences.

April 2, 2015

Disappeared But Not Forgotten

Thank you to everyone who participated in and supported the third annual 5K walk, Appear for the Disappeared, this past weekend.

March 26, 2015

Appear for the Disappeared this Saturday, March 28, 2015

There is still time to register for our third annual 5K fundraising walk, Appear for the Disappeared, on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Lake Elizabeth, Central Park in Fremont, CA.

March 19, 2015

Stand With Survivors

Please help document each case of unlawful killing or disappearance in Punjab, by registering for our annual Appear for the Disappeared Walk, organized by both Ensaaf and Jakara Movement.

March 5, 2015

Early Bird Registration Ends Saturday: Commit Now to Appearing for the Disappeared

Time is running out to register for the third annual 5K fundraising walk, Appear for the Disappeared 2015, co-organized by Ensaaf and the Jakara Movement.

February 17, 2015

Appear for the Disappeared 5K Walk

We, at Ensaaf and Jakara Movement, are pleased to announce that registration is now open for our third annual 5K fundraising walk, Appear for the Disappeared 2015.

January 29, 2015

Job Opening at Ensaaf: Program Associate

Ensaaf is seeking a full-time Program Associate to draft case summaries based on interviews, collected by Ensaaf, of families whose loved ones were unlawfully killed or disappeared by India's security forces.

January 26, 2015

The Hill Publishes Ensaaf Article

Confront India on Poor Human Rights Record

As President Obama visits India, The Hill has published an article by Ensaaf co-founder and co-director Sukhman Dhami calling on the U.S. to engage India on its poor human rights record.

December 29, 2014

Amplify Kulwinder Kaur’s Voice for Justice

In this video, Kulwinder Kaur describes how her young daughter struggled to make sense of her father’s absence, after he was killed by Punjab Police.

December 24, 2014

Amplify a Mother’s Voice for Justice

In this video, a mother recalls her son’s last meal just before Punjab Police abducted him: “He loved okra, so he ate one or two rotis with okra, and left.”

December 18, 2014

Smile During This Holiday Season

For the rest of December 2014, we are trying to raise $45,000 to hire more staff. Please help us reach our goal!

December 15, 2014

Video: With Your Support

We, at Ensaaf, thank you for your support this year.

December 10, 2014

New Movie: Seeking Ensaaf on Human Rights Day

Today, on Human Rights Day, we share this documentary to show you how your support helps us document abuses on the ground.

November 7, 2014

Dasvandh Week: Double your Donation to Ensaaf

Donate to Ensaaf during Dasvandh Week, from November 8 to November 14, 2014, and double your contribution.

November 3, 2014

Ensaaf, The Sikh Coalition, and Human Rights Watch Urge President Obama To Support Justice for 1984 Massacres

Ensaaf, in partnership with The Sikh Coalition and Human Rights Watch, sent a letter today to President Barack Obama, urging him to support justice for the 1984 anti-Sikh massacres, which claimed the lives of thousands of Sikhs throughout India 30 years ago.

October 31, 2014

Watch Survivor Interviews, Days after November 1984

30 Years Later, India Continues to Protect the Killers

Thirty years have passed since the pogroms of Sikhs in India. During the first week of November 1984, police, politicians, and government leaders organized and implemented pogroms against Sikhs throughout the country.

October 16, 2014

Join Ensaaf as our Development Associate

Ensaaf is seeking a dedicated full-time Development Associate to lead the organization’s fundraising efforts, effective immediately.

September 19, 2014

Ensaaf Film Wins Award: Amnesty International Best Human Rights Short

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

September 6, 2014

Jaswant Singh Khalra’s Life and Legacy Continue To Inspire Ensaaf’s Work

Today, September 6, marks 19 years since the Punjab Police abducted a beacon of light for human rights in Punjab: Jaswant Singh Khalra.

August 29, 2014

Thank You for Contributing

We want to thank all of you who contributed to our 50-Day Double Your Donation Campaign that concluded on August 21, 2014. Thanks to your generosity, we raised a total of $113,384, including the original donations and the matching funds.

August 19, 2014

We’re Almost There

With only three days left in our Double Your Dollar matching campaign, we ask you to donate now and to encourage your friends to do the same. For those who have donated, thank you so much for ensuring that our work to document abuse and fight for justice continues.

August 14, 2014

Just One Week Left

There is only one week left in our Double Your Dollar matching fundraising campaign. Thanks to your support, we have raised $41,000, matched to total $82,000. However, we need $280,000 to operate for the next six months. Please help us reach our goal by donating today and sharing this campaign with your friends.

August 06, 2014

We Are Not Giving Up Our Rights

Our 50-day matching fundraising campaign ends on August 21. With only 15 days left to Double Your Dollar, please donate to Ensaaf now! We have raised $30,000 but need $280,000 to continue to operate for the next six months.

July 30, 2014

What’s Our Story Going To Be?

We are at the halfway point of our 50-day Double Your Dollar fundraising campaign. We have raised $21,637 that will be matched. Thank you for your support!

July 23, 2014

A Labor of Love: In Memory of Kuljit Singh Dhatt

On the 25th anniversary of Kuljit Singh Dhatt’s custodial killing by the Punjab Police, Ensaaf presents A Labor of Love: Contesting Impunity, a multimedia tribute to the strength and resilience of one family and how they fought impunity for 25 years.

July 21, 2014

We’ve Taken Our Battle To The Supreme Court

Thank you to everyone who has donated during the first 17 days of our Double Your Dollar campaign. So far, we have raised $16,548, which will be matched by a group of generous donors for a total of $33,096, helping us reach more families, document more cases, record more videos, and fight more legal cases.

July 15, 2014

Double Your Donation

and Give Voice to More Survivors

Thank you to everyone who has donated during the first two weeks of our Double Your Impact campaign. With only 5 weeks left, we ask you to help us reach more families, document more cases, record more videos, and fight more legal cases.

July 9, 2014

Save One Family’s Testimony

We are one week into our 50-day Dollar for Dollar fundraising campaign. A group of generous donors will match your donation for every dollar we raise.

July 3, 2014

Double Your Impact

Today, Ensaaf is launching a 50-day Dollar for Dollar fundraising campaign. A family of generous donors will match your donation for every dollar we raise by August 21, 2014, so that our funding can go further.

June 4, 2014

Ensaaf Featured on BBC

The BBC has highlighted Ensaaf’s work in a new article entitled “How Punjab's missing thousands are being forgotten.” In this news story, Jastinder Khera reports from Amritsar on the case of Satwant Singh Manak, a family’s long wait for justice, and the Punjab government’s lack of action to end human rights abuses.

May 30, 2014

A Witness Among the Bodies: Surviving Bluestar

On the 30th Anniversary, Ensaaf presents an eyewitness account of the Indian Army assault on the Harmandir Sahib Complex in Amritsar, Punjab, from June 1 to June 6, 1984.

May 23, 2014

Ensaaf Presents The Last Killing

Ensaaf is proud to present The Last Killing, an original documentary that chronicles police whistleblower Satwant Singh Manak’s fight for justice for the survivors of ten victims of unlawful killings.

May 20, 2014

Countdown To The Last Killing

Watch Jagroop Singh describe the loss of his brother, Baljit Singh, who was taken from police custody and killed in a fake encounter.

May 13, 2014

Watch. Share. Donate. The Last Killing Online Release.

On May 23, 2014, Ensaaf will release its film The Last Killing online. The Last Killing chronicles police whistleblower Satwant Singh Manak’s fight for justice for the survivors of ten victims of unlawful killings.

May 10, 2014

Victory: Judge Convicts Police Officers in Dhatt Case

Family Will Appeal Sentences

On May 9, 2014, Judge Poonam R. Joshi convicted three Punjab Police officers in the abduction and murder of Kuljit Singh Dhatt, 25 years ago.

May 6, 2014

A Strong Start

In the first four months of this year, Ensaaf has:

  • Filed an appeal to the Indian Supreme Court in the case of Satwant Singh Manak
  • Drafted a brief in the case of the unlawful killing of Kuljit Singh Dhatt
  • Organized a 5K walk, Appear for the Disappeared
  • Documented hundreds of cases of disappearances and unlawful killings in Punjab
April 2, 2014

Police Whistleblower Appeals to Indian Supreme Court

On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Punjab Police whistleblower Satwant Singh Manak filed an appeal to the Supreme Court of India in the case he is fighting on behalf of ten victim families whose loved ones were extrajudicially executed by the Punjab Police.

March 27, 2014

Job Opening at Ensaaf: Office Manager

Ensaaf is seeking a dedicated full-time Office Manager to lead the organization’s administrative program, starting May 1st or sooner.

March 14, 2014

Remembering the Disappeared

At the Second Annual Ensaaf 5K Walk, participants commemorated those disappeared by Indian security forces from 1984 to 1995 in Punjab, and called for justice.

March 6, 2014

Appear for the Disappeared this Saturday, March 8 2014

Thank you to all of you who have registered for the Ensaaf 5K fundraising walk, Appear for the Disappeared, on March 8, 2014 at Lake Elizabeth, Central Park in Fremont, Houston, or your city.

February 28, 2014

How You Can Help

Update on Kuljit Singh Dhatt Case

When people learn about Ensaaf, one of their first questions is often this: “How can I help?” It is always heartening to hear this offer of support. And right now, this is how you can help — register now for Appear for the Disappeared 2014, Ensaaf’s second annual 5K Walk.

February 21, 2014

In Memory of Harjinder Singh and Others

Like Surjeet Kaur, thousands of mothers are still mourning the loss of their children who were disappeared or unlawfully killed by Indian security forces during the Decade of Disappearances.

January 28, 2014

25 Years Later, Trial Proceeds in Disappearance of Kuljit Singh Dhatt

On July 23, 1989, Punjab policemen, led by then Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ajit Singh Sandhu, abducted Kuljit Singh Dhatt and two other people in the presence of eyewitnesses. His family has been relentlessly fighting for justice.

January 23, 2014

Appear for the Disappeared 5K Walk

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for our second annual 5K fundraising walk, Appear for the Disappeared 2014. The walk will take place on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Lake Elizabeth, Central Park, Fremont, CA.

January 14, 2014

UK Military Assisted in Operation Blue Star: Independent Investigation Required

According to recently declassified government records, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher sent the British Special Air Service (SAS) to advise Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on Indian army plans “for the removal of dissident Sikhs from the Golden Temple.”

December 27, 2013

Continuing Our Work in 2014

In a few months, Ensaaf will commemorate its 10th anniversary. As we approach this milestone, we want to share with you some of our key successes from 2013.

December 23, 2013

Waiting For Justice

As you get together with your family to welcome in a new year, Ensaaf urges you to take a moment and reflect.

December 19, 2013

Sikh American Organizations Stand with Gurbakash Singh on 36th Day of His Hunger Strike; Demand Rule of Law in India

We, the undersigned organizations, are concerned about the plight of Gurbakash Singh, a Sikh activist in Punjab, who is on hunger strike to protest against the treatment of Sikh prisoners detained under counterinsurgency laws in India, who many believe have completed their sentences and are being held beyond their terms.

December 10, 2013

$10 on the 10th

Today, as we commemorate Human Rights Day, Ensaaf thanks you for your support in ending impunity and achieving justice for disappearances and unlawful killings during the Decade of Disappearances in Punjab, India.

December 6, 2013

High Court Dismisses Case by Police Whistleblower on 10 Unlawful Killings, and Fines Him

On November 26, 2013, the Punjab & Haryana High Court dismissed the lawsuit filed by police whistleblower Satwant Singh Manak, on behalf of ten victim families whose loved ones were extrajudicially executed by the Punjab Police.

November 27, 2013

The Last Killing DVD Available Soon

The time is now to support Ensaaf’s efforts to document every case of disappearance and unlawful killing in Punjab. We have reached 5,000 villages, but need to reach 7,000 more.

November 1, 2013

29 Years of Impunity

Today marks the 29th anniversary of the pogroms of Sikhs 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.

October 24, 2013

"The Last Killing": A New Short Film by Ensaaf

Ensaaf is proud to announce the upcoming release of a new short film, The Last Killing, about a former policeman's commitment to fight for justice. The film premiers at Sikhlens: Sikh Arts & Film Festival in Orange, CA on Saturday, November 23.

September 5, 2013

How will you honor the legacy of Jaswant S. Khalra?

Today, Khalra Mission Organisation and Ensaaf launch a three-day social media campaign to share the legacy of Jaswant S. Khalra and highlight Punjab human rights issues.

July 12, 2013

Watch Another Punjab Policeman Speak Out about Human Rights Abuses

In this video, former Punjab Police officer Lakhwinder Singh describes his experiences in the police force, where he witnessed his colleagues performing torture.

July 3, 2013

Punjab Cop States He Murdered Over 80 on Superior's Orders: India Must Investigate and Prosecute Responsible Officials

After decades of denial by the Punjab Police that its officers unlawfully killed innocent Sikhs in fake encounters, Sub-Inspector (SI) Surjit Singh has made a public statement describing the atrocities committed by him and security forces in the early 1990s.

May 1, 2013

Disappeared But Not Forgotten

The First Annual Ensaaf 5K Walk was a reminder of the need to achieve justice for those disappeared by Indian security forces from 1984 to 1995 in Punjab.

April 16, 2013

India: Stop the Arbitrary Execution of Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar

On April 15 and 16, 2013, a coalition of U.S.-based organizations wrote to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, urging them to call on the Government of India to halt the imminent execution of Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar.

April 4, 2013

Appear for the Disappeared this Saturday, April 6, 2013

Thank you to all of you who have registered for the Ensaaf 5K fundraising walk, Appear for the Disappeared on April 6, 2013. Here is some logistical information.

April 3, 2013

This Saturday, April 6, Will You Appear for the Disappeared?

Time is running out to register for the Ensaaf 5K fundraising walk, Appear for the Disappeared, on April 6, 2013 in Fremont, New York, London, or your city.

March 29, 2013

Christian Science Monitor Publishes Ensaaf Op-Ed

On the 25th anniversary of India's suspension of the right to life in Punjab, the Christian Science Monitor has published an op-ed article by Ensaaf Co-Founder and Co-Director Sukhman Dhami.

March 21, 2013

Why Christina Cusolito Will Appear for the Disappeared (5K Walk)

Ensaaf Office Manager, Christina Cusolito, asks you to Appear for the Disappeared on April 6, 2013 at Lake Elizabeth in Fremont, CA. She emphasizes that "Walking for [the] victims in a small way ensures that they haven't been forgotten."

March 13, 2013

New Video: Who Are the Disappeared? (5K Walk)

Please take a moment to watch family members share their stories of the disappeared and learn about Ensaaf's work. On Saturday, April 6, will you appear in the memory of a victim of disappearance?

March 7, 2013

Why Satvinder Kaur Dhaliwal Will Appear for the Disappeared (5K Walk)

Please watch this video interview of Ensaaf Program Manager Satvinder Kaur Dhaliwal. She shares why she joined Ensaaf and asks you to Appear for the Disappeared on April 6, 2013 at Lake Elizabeth in Fremont, CA.

March 4, 2013

Appear for the Disappeared 5K Walk

Please join Ensaaf in a 5K fundraising walk on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Lake Elizabeth, Central Park, Fremont, CA.

January 31, 2013

Images of Empowerment From Surat 2013

I recently had the pleasure of representing Ensaaf at the Surat 2013 conference in New Jersey. The theme of this year's conference was challenging injustice through a Sikh framework.

December 27, 2012

Why We’re Looking Forward to 2013

Dear Ensaaf supporter, Last year, at this time, we told you about Ensaaf’s notable achievements of 2011.

December 21, 2012

Graffiti-Inspired Piece Wins Decade of Disappearances Art Contest

From 1984 to 1995, Indian security forces disappeared and unlawfully killed thousands of people in Punjab, India.

November 29, 2012

It’s the Right Time For Justice.

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.

November 19, 2012

If You Don't Help Tell Their Stories, Who Will?

As an advocate of Ensaaf's human rights work, you are at the forefront of ending impunity and achieving justice for the thousands of survivor families living in Punjab today.

November 1, 2012

Decade of Disappearances Art Contest

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.

September 26, 2012

India: Stop Torturing Political Activist Kulvir Singh Barapind

The Indian government must immediately secure political activist Kulvir Singh Barapind’s release from the Punjab government and prosecute the individuals responsible for his illegal detention and torture, Ensaaf said today.

September 6, 2012

Challenge the Darkness: Commemorating Jaswant Singh Khalra

Today we remember human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra for his inspiring legacy of defending human rights, in the face of torture, illegal detention, and extrajudicial killing.

June 4, 2012

Listen & Remember: Operation Bluestar

What happened during Operation Bluestar and how did it affect the people of Punjab?

May 30, 2012

Job Opening: Join Ensaaf as a Program Associate

Ensaaf is seeking a full-time Program Associate to draft case summaries based on interviews of families whose loved ones were unlawfully killed or disappeared by India's security forces.

April 15, 2012

Listen & Remember: Major Singh, Musician

What happens when a 21-year-old musician begins composing folk ballads critical of the Indian government?

February 3, 2012

Special Appeal: Double Your Dollars

I’m writing you today because we need your help. Ensaaf has an incredible opportunity to receive $182,500. But to receive this crucial contribution, we must raise a matching amount by February 28. We’re almost there; we only have $45,000 left until we reach our goal.

January 11, 2012

Joint Submission to UN Challenges India

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December 30, 2011

Double Your Dollars and Your Impact

Ensaaf has an incredible opportunity to be granted $182,500 if it can raise $185,000!

November 10, 2011

New Video, New Hires, and Good News

Impunity in Punjab is the third in a series of moving videos produced by the New Media Advocacy Project in collaboration with Ensaaf.

November 4, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: Supreme Court Upholds Convictions of 5 Police Officers in Khalra Case

Today, India’s Supreme Court upheld life imprisonment for five police officers convicted of the abduction and murder of human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra.

November 2, 2011

NEW VIDEO: Survivors Speak Up

As an Ensaaf supporter, we wanted you to be among the first to view "Cascade of Voices," our powerful new advocacy video produced by our partner, the New Media Advocacy Project.

October 18, 2011

Let's Challenge the Darkness

Ensaaf and the Khalra Mission Organisation announce Challenge the Darkness, a campaign to commemorate human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra and draw attention to the mass state crimes committed in Punjab, India from 1984 to 1995.

July 14, 2011

Job Opening: Join Ensaaf as a Case Summary Writer

Ensaaf is seeking a full-time Case Summary Writer to draft case summaries based on interviews of families whose loved ones were unlawfully killed or disappeared by India's security forces.

December 29, 2010

The Dark Side of "India Shining"

When Westerners think of India, they most likely conjure up images of Bollywood movies, yoga, and the Taj Mahal. But the government hides a lesser-known, yet greater, reality: India's addiction to impunity and gross human rights violations.

December 17, 2010

He Was Only 17

When Tarlok Singh and Balbir Kaur celebrated the birth of their son Surjit Singh, they could never have imagined he would live such a short life. View "Our Voices Matter," a photo essay comprised of victim photographs shared with Ensaaf by survivors.

November 22, 2010

SikhRI & Ensaaf Team Up for Children

Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI) and Ensaaf are pleased to announce the launch of a jointly produced lesson plan aimed at educating 6th to 8th grade Sikhs on the Ghallughara—the massacre—of 1984.

November 15, 2010

Needed: Punjabi-Language Translators for Special Project

Do you speak Punjabi and have 5-10 hours to devote to a special Ensaaf project? We are looking for several volunteers to assist in translating Punjabi-language video interviews into English.

November 5, 2010

Happy Bandi Chor Divas!

Here at Ensaaf, we can't help but feel uplifted by Guru Hargobind Ji, who refused freedom from imprisonment until 52 fellow political prisoners could be released with him.

August 31, 2010

Ensaaf Honors Life and Legacy of Jaswant Singh Khalra

As the United Nations marks the International Day of the Disappeared this week, Ensaaf remembers the life and legacy of Jaswant Singh Khalra by participating in a 2-day forum for human rights in Sacramento.

January 20, 2010

Cast Your Vote in Remembrance of Sikh Victims of Human Rights Violations

A substantial opportunity has fallen into the lap of the Sikh community. In light of Jakara's recent Chase Community Giving win on Facebook, this grassroots nonprofit has moved into round two for a chance to win one million dollars.

December 22, 2009

Email from Board Chair

I'm quickly forwarding you this email from Ensaaf's Board Chair, Alison Hillman. She's also a program officer at the Open Society Institute. I was inspired to write because she's right—we accomplish a phenomenal amount with our small team.

December 10, 2009

Happy Human Rights Day! (Why it Matters)

On December 10, 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and two years later, the General Assembly invited the world to observe December 10th as Human Rights Day. But this is not a history lesson.

November 19, 2009

Thank You Video Tribute & Special Appeal from Ensaaf

This summer, Ensaaf interviewed over 1,000 individuals - including hundreds of survivors - to capture stories of disappearances, unlawful killings, and torture in Amritsar during the Punjab counterinsurgency. We created a short video tribute to show our immense gratitude for the generosity and trust given to us by our donors.

November 2, 2009

Ensaaf Commemorates 25th Anniversary of 1984 Pogroms with BART Ad Campaign & Mercury News Op-Ed

On November 2, Ensaaf launched an ad campaign in the San Francisco Bay Area's metro system, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the November 1984 pogroms of Sikhs in India. On the same day, the Mercury News also published Ensaaf's op-ed discussing the anniversary of the pogroms and its continuing impact on India and even the Bay Area.

October 29, 2009

TIME Magazine Interviews Ensaaf: Help Move Nov. 1984 Awareness to the Homepage

Time Magazine, in an article released today, quoted Ensaaf Co-Director Jaskaran Kaur on the total lack of justice for survivors of the November 1984 pogroms of Sikhs in India. If enough supporters click on the link and email the article,it will be read by thousands of more individuals, and will send the message that violations of human rights in India will not be ignored.

June 5, 2009

Operation Blue Star: The Launch of a Decade of Systematic Abuses and Impunity

Operation "Blue Star" marked the beginning of the Government of India's systematic policy in Punjab of destroying fundamental human rights in the name of "national security," and launched a new era of impunity and the erosions of the rule of law in India. View our photo essay.

May 22, 2009

Ensaaf Marks Five Years of Working to End Impunity and Achieve Justice

Thank you for your support these five years, since our launch in April 2004. However, we are far from done, and we are running out of time as survivors die and documents are lost or destroyed.

March 3, 2009

Job Opening: Join Ensaaf as a Program Assistant

Ensaaf is seeking a highly organized and motivated Program Assistant with excellent communication skills to assist our Documentation program, as well as perform administrative duties.

January 26, 2009

New Statistical Analysis Points To Widespread Human Rights Violations by Indian Government Authorities in Punjab

Ensaaf and the Benetech Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG) released a report today presenting verifiable quantitative findings on mass disappearances and extrajudicial executions in the Indian state of Punjab, contradicting the Indian government’s portrayal of the Punjab counterinsurgency as a successful and "humane" campaign.

December 11, 2008

Help End Impunity in India: Donate to Ensaaf Today

Because people like you gave to Ensaaf last year, we published a groundbreaking report with Human Rights Watch that impacted a key case in India, giving more families a chance at compensation for the murder of their loved ones.

November 12, 2008

Watch Eyewitnesses Describe a Faked Encounter in Punjab

Ensaaf has released its new multimedia platform Watch/Listen that brings together Ensaaf videos and photo essays, and will also include podcasts in the future. The latest video added to Ensaaf's collection today is The Extrajudicial Killing of Kulwant Singh.

October 18, 2007

India: Time to Deliver Justice for Atrocities in Punjab

The Indian government must take concrete steps to hold accountable members of its security forces who killed, "disappeared," and tortured thousands of Sikhs during its counterinsurgency campaign in Punjab, Human Rights Watch and Ensaaf said in a new report released today.

October 8, 2007

Khalra Murder Case: High Court Upholds Convictions of Five Police Officers; Acquits One Officer

A division bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court issued an oral judgment in the appeals relating to the convictions of six police officers for their roles in the abduction and murder of human rights defender Jaswant Singh Khalra. The High Court upheld the convictions of Punjab police officers Jaspal Singh, Satnam Singh, Surinderpal Singh, Pritpal Singh, and Jasbir Singh, and acquitted Amarjit Singh of all charges.

September 6, 2007

Anniversary of the Abduction of Jaswant Singh Khalra: Twelve Years On, KPS Gill Still Free

Twelve years ago, on September 6, 1995, the Punjab Police abducted human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra. The police held Khalra in illegal detention for almost two months, tortured him, and murdered him in late October 1995.

December 15, 2006

PHR Responds to Indian National Human Rights Commission in Punjab Case

Physicians for Human Rights and Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture issued a letter in response to the NHRC's order rejecting its independent report and attacking its credibility.

November 16, 2006

Ensaaf Kicks Off Year-End Giving Campaign, Launches New Website

Ensaaf has launched a new website that makes it even easier to contribute to the movement for truth and justice for victims of gross human rights violations in Punjab, India.

September 6, 2006

High Court Case Filed Against Former Police Chief KPS Gill for Murder of Human Rights Activist Jaswant Singh Khalra

Mrs. Khalra, represented by High Court attorney Rajvinder Bains, filed the petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) refused to investigate and prosecute Mr. Gill. Ensaaf worked with Mr. Bains to draft the petition and apply the international law doctrine of superior responsibility.

August 30, 2006

Khalra’s Last International Speech Highlights Mass Crimes of KPS Gill

In his last speech made to a Canadian audience, released today with subtitles by Ensaaf, Jaswant Singh Khalra discusses his investigations into the disappearances and his readiness to die to expose the truth about these crimes.

May 12, 2006

The Twelve Year Cover-Up: Disappearance of Human Rights Attorney Sukhwinder Singh Bhatti

Ensaaf submitted a communication to the UN Special Representative on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders. Relying on court papers and interviews with Mr. Bhatti's wife Harcharanjit Kaur Bhatti, the communication provides a detailed summary of Mr. Bhatti's case and identifies key perpetrators.

May 1, 2006

International Human Rights Groups Call for Prosecution of Gill for Murder of Khalra

Given the weight of the evidence available in the public domain about Mr. Gill's role in this case, the CBI must undertake an impartial and thorough inquiry as soon as possible and then refer the case for appropriate prosecution.

November 18, 2005

Punjab Cops Convicted of 1995 Murder of Activist Khalra

On Friday, November 18, 2005, Additional District Judge Bhupinder Singh in Patiala convicted six Punjab police officials in the 1995 abduction and murder case of human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra.

October 24, 2005

Expert Medical Study Documents Torture and Psychological Trauma Suffered by Families of the “Disappeared” in Punjab

A six-member PHR/Bellevue investigative team with extensive experience in documenting torture and human rights abuses conducted this study in Amritsar, Punjab in May and June 2005 at the request of Ensaaf.

October 5, 2005

Punjab Police: Fabricating Terrorism through Illegal Detention and Torture

In August and September 2005, documented 28 cases of detention of Punjabis accused of militancy-related activities. Its study reveals that, in contravention of international and domestic laws, Indian security forces routinely resorted to illegal and incommunicado detention. Further, the Punjab police frequently tortured the detainees.

September 6, 2005

10th Anniversary of Abduction, Torture, & Murder of Human Rights Defender Jaswant Singh Khalra: Human Rights Groups Send Joint Letter to Congress

On September 6, 2005, Ensaaf, Human Rights Watch and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University School of Law sent a joint letter and background packet to the Congressional Human Rights Caucus urging it hold hearings into these “disappearances” and killings and urge the Indian government to comply with its obligations under international law to provide justice and redress to the victims of human rights violations committed by its security forces.

November 2, 2004

India: 20 Years of Impunity for Sikh Massacres Must End

On the twentieth anniversary of the systematic massacres of Sikhs throughout India, human rights organizations call for a full account of the atrocities and a sustained effort to prosecute its planners and perpetrators.

June 29, 2004

Twenty Years of Impunity: The November 1984 Massacres of Sikhs in India

Ensaaf releases its first report Twenty Years of Impunity: The November 1984 Pogroms of Sikhs in India. This in-depth 150-page report analyzes thousands of pages of previously unavailable affidavits, government records and arguments submitted to the 1985 Misra Commission, established to examine the Sikh Massacres in Delhi, Kanpur, and Bokaro.

April 28, 2004

New Organization Enforces Human Rights and Fights Impunity in India

Ensaaf—a new U.S.–based organization launched to enforce human rights and fight impunity in India—works with survivors to engage in advocacy and outreach, documents violations, and educates the public about human rights abuses in India.