Charanjit Kaur

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.

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Virtual Site of Conscience Project

For three decades, the architects of crimes against humanity in Punjab have escaped accountability and justice. While families have searched for their disappeared loved ones and lived with lies and partial-truths, these architects have received awards and promotions from the Indian government. We believe that survivors of gross human rights violations cannot live as free and respected citizens of a country until impunity ends.

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. The visualizations will identify the commanding officials, as well as the number of individuals killed and disappeared by them and their subordinates.

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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. 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.

Twenty years after Khalra’s martyrdom, the architects of the widespread and systematic human rights abuses in Punjab remain free. The Indian government is no closer to bringing Gill and the other perpetrators to justice for organizing Khalra’s – and thousands of other innocent Sikhs’ – death.

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A Song To Remember

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

Through A Song to Remember, Manbir Singh Mand and Jatinderpal Singh pay tribute to their three uncles, killed by Indian security forces during the Decade of Disappearances in Punjab (1984-1995).

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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. This year’s walk will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Lake Elizabeth, Central Park in Fremont, CA.

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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. Her young daughter would tell people, “I have a father. I have a father who doesn’t walk. But I have a father in a photograph.” Today, we are asking you to stand with this wife, and countless other wives, mothers, fathers, children, and siblings, and help them be counted.

Watch her call for justice to investigate the police officers who killed her husband, Paramjeet Singh; please help us amplify and advocate for her demands.

We need your help so we can accomplish even more in 2015. So far, we’ve raised $3,930.00. Please donate today and help us raise $45,000, by December 31. Your donation will allow us to make more hires and pursue more cases, ensuring we continue to make an impact in 2015 and beyond. Let’s start the new year strong!

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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.” Today, we are asking you to stand with this mother, and countless other mothers, fathers, wives, children and siblings, and help them be counted.

We need your help to make great strides in 2015. Please donate today and help us raise $45,000 so we can hire more staff and accomplish even more in 2015. Let’s start the new year strong!

Thank you!

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Thank you for your Support in 2014

We, at Ensaaf, thank you for your support this year. It helped us:

-Document cases in 3,500 villages,
-Record 130 video interviews
-Help convict 3 police officers in a 25-year unlawful killing case,
-Win the Amnesty International Best Human Rights Short Award,
-Get cited in the BBC, LA Times, and more.

We couldn’t have done this without you. You chose to stop the tide of forgetting, stand with the survivors, and join the struggle for justice.
We need your help for a successful year in 2015.

Will you help us raise $45,000 in the next two weeks so we can hire more staff?

We want to reach every village in Punjab and we can do it this year with your help. We want to record more video interviews, analyze more testimonies, and help win key legal cases. This is your story to tell—help us start the year strong.

Thank you!

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Seeking Ensaaf

Today, on Human Rights Day, we share this documentary to show you how your support helps us document abuses on the ground. Seeking Ensaaf, filmed by Andrew Heskett, Ryan Westra, and David Thompson, recipients of the Sikh Scholarship Program at Chapman University, in August 2013, follows Ensaaf field workers as they document a case of extrajudicial killing in Punjab. Thank you for joining us on this journey to end impunity and achieve justice for the disappearances and unlawful killings of the Decade of Disappearances in Punjab. Watch. Share. Donate.

Watch Survivor Interviews, Days after November 1984

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. These massacres occurred ostensibly in response to the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.

The news footage released today by Ensaaf, and recorded by the Movement Against State Repression, takes us to the refugee camps where survivors display raw wounds, search for missing loved ones, and share accounts of the killings. The reporter discusses how Sikhs themselves had to arrange for food provisions, and were living in squalor, bathing in gutters, and lacking medical care at the camps.Watch. Share. Donate.