Every day for the past year, Ensaaf has been sharing the profile of a person who was disappeared or unlawfully killed by India’s security forces in Punjab on the anniversary of the incident. From young children, to the elderly, these crimes against humanity impacted countless families and communities, the consequences of which still reverberate today.
Ensaaf works to address impunity for crimes against humanity in Punjab, with strategies and methods that also impact other regions suffering from gross human rights violations. We already provide technical assistance to human rights defenders working in India and beyond. We provide litigation support to cases in India that will set precedent for the entire country. And we share our data and resources publicly, so any community can learn from our experiences. Our work is innovative, timely, and makes an impact in Punjab and beyond.
Reason 10: We do 10x the work of other organizations with similar resources.
Reason 9: We called out Sumedh Saini for atrocities. Next year, we’ll focus on Izhar Alam.
Reason 8: Amar Kaur’s testimony and our Oral History Video Archive project.
Reason 7: We recently documented the case of 18-year old Kulwant Singh. Every case matters.
Reason 6: We are creating a permanent and thorough human rights archive.
Reason 5: We impacted key legal cases.
Reason 4: Our work is essential for survivors to be heard.
Reason 3: We have a proven track record and great partners.
Reason 2: We take charge of our own narrative.
Reason 1: We must protect the human rights of the world.
Ensaaf Launches Ground-Breaking Effort to Name Chief PerpetratorsAugust 30, 2019 in Documentation, Legal Advocacy, Press
On August 30, 2019, the International Day of the Disappeared, Ensaaf released its first in-depth perpetrator dossier of former Punjab Police Chief Sumedh Singh Saini. Our dossier includes a visualization identifying his victims, command history, awards, and known promotions. The dossier also includes news articles detailing a key legal case and disciplinary hearings, among other materials.
Map the Killings & Disappearances; Study 5100+ Victim ProfilesAugust 29, 2018 in Press
On the International Day of the Disappeared, Ensaaf invites you to view the first-of its-kind interactive data visualization site, mapping victims of enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions in Punjab, India.
The interactive site compiles over 5,000 cases of enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions perpetrated by India’s security forces, based on data collected over the past decade through survivor interviews. These cases can be viewed geospatially to observe trends across time and space, as well as through a gallery and individual victim profiles.
Rights Groups Call on UN Expert to Intervene in Torture of British NationalDecember 18, 2017 in Press
UN expert urged to call on India to immediately investigate alleged torture of Jagtar Singh Johal while in police custody.
Human rights organisations REDRESS and Ensaaf today have filed an urgent appeal to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture in the case of Jagtar Singh Johal, “Jaggi”, a British man who has been detained without charge in India since 4 November 2017.
Mr. Johal asserts that during 5 to 9 November, Indian police tortured him during interrogation by means of electric shocks to his ears, nipples, and genitals, forcing his limbs into painful positions, and forced sleep deprivation. Mr. Johal’s lawyers in India report that at a secret court hearing on 10 November, witnesses observed that Mr. Johal had severe difficulty in standing or walking, and had to be assisted by police officers as he entered and left the courtroom.
Let the World Know about Charanjit Kaur’s 10-Year Old SonApril 24, 2017 in Press
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.
The story of Charanjit Kaur is the story of many mothers in Punjab who saw their families destroyed during the Decade of Disappearances. Watch Charanjit Kaur’s video, as she revisits the events of that fateful day, describing in detail the killing of her young son and the effects on her family. She further shares her personal perspectives on justice and the Indian government.
(Amritsar, Chandigarh, California) 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.
We request anyone with information on human rights violations to use this tool to document abuses perpetrated by security forces in Punjab. The data collected through ReportPunjabPolice.org, in Punjabi or English, will shine a spotlight on the officials and institutions that violate human rights.
Ensaaf Film Wins Prominent Award for “The Last Killing”, Exposing Government LiesSeptember 22, 2015 in Press
This award is the sixth award The Last Killing has won, including Amnesty International Best Human Rights Short Award at Isle of Wight Film Festival 2014.
New Movie Release – A Light of Justice: Commemorating Jaswant Singh KhalraAugust 14, 2015 in Blog, Press
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. 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.