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‘Identifying the Unidentified’ Press Coverage – December 2017

Our campaign has now officially commenced to submit our findings to the Supreme Court of India to investigate and deliver justice to all victims of disappearances and killing across Punjab commencing with these 8257 cases. The PDAP is pleased the matter has received positive coverage in the Indian media

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Please find below the details with the web links:

1. Times of India

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/ngo-for-cbi-probe-into-8257-going-missing-during-militancy-days/articleshow/61897940.cms

NGO for CBI probe into 8,257 going missing during militancy days

2. The Hindu

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/rights-advocacy-group-to-seek-inquiry-into-fake-encounters/article21387382.ece

Rights advocacy group to seek inquiry into ‘fake’ encounters

3. The Tribune

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/have-evidence-of-extra-judicial-killings-claims-advocacy-group/507259.html

Have evidence of extra-judicial killings, claims advocacy group. Says over 8,000 people disappeared during militancy

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/over-8k-people-disappeared-during-1980-till-1995-in-punjab-ngo/507078.html

Over 8K people disappeared during 1980 till 1995 in Punjab: NGO

4. Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/punjab/8-257-missing-because-of-illegal-killings-during-punjab-militancy-days-civil-rights-group/story-rjRUpa0yradiYUdfkQVBzO.html

8,257 missing because of illegal killings during Punjab militancy days: Civil rights group

The civil rights group claimed that 8,257 people are missing because of “illegal killings” during the militancy period in Punjab.

5. PTC News

6. News18

PDAP to move to SC to get justice for 8257 cases disappeared a…

Here is all about PDAP and Punjab Disappeared's mission of counting Punjab’s disappeared and dead during militancy. They now plan to knock Supreme Court's door to get justice for 8257 cases with a new report prepared from 2008-2017

Posted by News18Punjab on Saturday, 2 December 2017

7. Business Standard

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/over-8k-people-disappeared-during-1980-till-1995-in-punjab-117120200906_1.html

8. India Today

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/over-8k-people-disappeared-during-1980-till-1995-in-punjab/1/1101957.html

9. Outlook

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/over-8k-people-disappeared-during-1980-till-1995-in-punjab/1201119

10. New Indian Express

http://www.newindianexpress.com/pti-news/2017/dec/02/over-8k-people-disappeared-during-1980-till-1995-in-punjab-1716835.html

11. Sikh Siyasat News

Identifying the unidentified PDAP to release a report on enforced disappearances fake encounters in Punjab.

12. Roazana Pehredaar

http://epaper.dailypehredar.com/index.php?mod=1&pgnum=3&edcode=71&pagedate=2017-12-3&type=

13. Global Punjab TV

14. Kashmir Narrator

15. NYOOOZ

https://www.nyoooz.com/news/chandigarh/975727/ngo-for-cbi-probe-into-8257-going-missing-during-militancy-days/

16. wn.com

https://article.wn.com/view/2017/12/03/NGO_for_CBI_probe_into_8257_going_missing_during_militancy_d/

17. Babushahi

http://www.babushahi.com/full-news.php?id=66290&headline=%C2%A0Over-8000-persons-%E2%80%9Cdisappeared%E2%80%9D%C2%A0in-15-years%C2%A0in-Punjab,-NGO-to-move-Supreme-Court

18. Punjab Express

http://punjabexpress.com.au/have-evidence-of-extra-judicial-killings-claims-advocacy-group/

19. SeeLatestNews

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Release of Investigate Report – Press Release

NEW EVIDENCE OF 8257 CASES OF DISAPPEARANCES,  MASS KILLINGS, FAKE ENCOUNTERS AND ILLEGAL CREMATIONS IN PUNJAB: RELEASE OF INVESTIGATIVE REPORT AND PEOPLE’S TRIBUNAL FINDINGS TO BE PETITIONED TO THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA

Compelling new evidence has been collated of 8257 cases of enforced disappearances and fake encounters following a 7-year investigation by the Punjab Documentation and Advocacy Project [PDAP]. The killings  which took place across Punjab from the 1980s to 1995 are released in the PDAP’s report “Identifying the Unidentified.” The investigation reveals thousands of previously unknown, unclaimed, unidentified mass cremations from records recently obtained.

The report presents detailed and verifiable evidence of these systematic killings by the Punjab police and security services, during the period of militancy and counter-insurgency in all of its 22 districts.

The release of our investigative report is a major step for victims. Its findings will be submitted to the Supreme Court of India to investigate and deliver justice to all victims of disappearances and killings across Punjab beginning with these 8257 cases.

Our initial investigations resulted in an Independent People’s Tribunal (IPT) which was held over two days in Amritsar in April, in which a composite panel of retired judiciary, lawyers and activists from across India came together to hear the testimonies of 700 hundred victim families. The IPT comprised of Justice A. K. Ganguly (Retd. Supreme Court Judge), Colin Gonsalves (Senior Advocate, Supreme Court), Kavita Srivastava (National Convener, PUCL), Bibi Paramjit Kaur Khalra (Khalra Mission Organisation), Justice Suresh (Retd. Bombay High Court Judge), Babloo Loitongbam (Human Rights Alert, Manipur), Tapan Bose (Sec. Gen South Asian Human Rights Forum), Soni Sori (Tribal Rights Activist, Chhattisgarh), and Parveena Ahangar (Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons, Kashmir).

The report also critically considers the on-going failings by the National Human Rights Commission in the “Punjab Mass Cremations” case based on the work of murdered human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra in 1995, who first exposed and uncovered 2097 mass killings and cremations in three cremation grounds in the district of Amritsar. We continue his work which remains unfinished and presents only a partial picture of the actual number of killings that took place in Punjab.

“Families need to know what happened to their loved ones who disappeared. The evidence of these new mass cremations must be independently investigated for justice and accountability.”

 

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Photos from the Independent Peoples’ Tribunal – April 2017

The Independent People’s Tribunal: Carrying the scars, burden and legacy of survivors.

DISAPPEARED, DENIED BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

On the 1st and 2nd April 2017, we convened an Independent Peoples’ Tribunal (IPT) in Amritsar. Such tribunals play an important role in analysing why the judicial system has been incapable and unwilling to redress serious violations of fundamental rights and highlights institutional failures. In the Indian context, IPT’s have played a significant role in providing a platform for those disenfranchised and exert a moral pressure on the judiciary to act. We felt that in the Punjab context, such an endeavour was particularly important to give many victims an opportunity otherwise denied to them to have their voices heard.

Over two days, a composite panel of retired judiciary and prominent activists and academics from across India heard many testimonies of the forgotten survivors whose loved ones had disappeared. Most victims were themselves victims of torture. It is a sad indictment on the system of justice In India that the phenomena of Independent Peoples’ Tribunal or Indian Peoples’ Tribunal have become an alternative forum for victims to narrate their experiences when courts have failed them.

The IPT also heard expert evidence from human rights lawyers and activists from Punjab – of their own experiences and long and endless struggle for justice, and the repeated accounts of endemic failures of the judicial process to investigate, prosecute, and hold to account those responsible for mass state violence.

We were overwhelmed by the response. Over 700 victim families and survivors attended over two days. Due to the sheer numbers and constraints of time, we regret that all the victims were not able to depose before the panel. There were diverse cases from all over Punjab, which include those from Amritsar whose loved ones were cremated in the three cremation grounds as well others cases across Punjab of unclaimed unidentified cremations. Cases where the victims were disappeared or killed outside of Punjab. Cases investigated by the CBI where a charge sheet had been filed confirming that the encounters were fake yet have been lingering before the Indian Courts for 20 years or more. The common themes in these cases are the persistent denial of justice and access to justice. 

 

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Independent Peoples’ Tribunal Press Coverage – April 2017

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/aap-urges-punjab-cm-to-order-probe-into-extra-judicial-killings-in-state/articleshow/57994227.cms 

‘AAP urges Punjab CM to order probe into extra-judicial killings in state’

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/fake-encounters-panel-to-collect-data-move-sc/385955.html

‘Fake encounters: Panel to collect data, move SC. Collective case on extra-judicial killings and disappearances during militancy to be filled’

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/community/khaira-to-cm-probe-extra-judicial-killings/386763.html

‘Khaira to CM: Probe extra-judicial killings’

http://www.indiaresists.com/enforced-disappearances-extra-judicial-killings-punjab-independent-peoples-tribunal-amritsar/

‘INDEPENDENT PEOPLES TRIBUNAL (IPT) ON ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCES AND EXTRA JUDICIAL KILLINGS IN AMRITSAR’

http://twocircles.net/2017mar31/407051.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

‘Two-day independent people’s tribunal on disappeared people in Punjab to be organised in Amritsar’

https://www.facebook.com/sikhsiyasat/videos/602825913248529/

‘Independent People’s Tribunal – Punjab Disappeared: Extra-Judicial Executions Enforced Disappearance’

https://www.facebook.com/24sikhtv/photos/a.414053825409709.1073741826.414053792076379/807841689364252/?type=3&theater

‘Disappeared, Denied but not Forgotten: Independent People’s Tribunal hears to testimonies of kins of Victims of Enforced Disappearances in Punjab’

https://www.facebook.com/saadahaqmovie/photos/a.168134446652743.37697.131828560283332/1051183428347836/?type=3&theater

 

 

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Independent Peoples’ Tribunal Press Release

The Punjab Documentation and Advocacy Project (PDAP) in collaboration with Human Rights Law Network, Committee for Co-ordination on Disappearances in Punjab, Lawyers for Human Rights International, the Punjab Human Rights Organisation, Khalra Mission Organisation, Sikhs for Human Rights and many other NGO’s and activists are holding a two-day Independent People’s Tribunal (IPT) on the issues of enforced disappearances, fake encounters and two decades of the denial of justice and accountability in Punjab.

The IPT will hear testimonies of hundreds of forgotten victims whose loved ones were disappeared and many of whom were cremated as “unclaimed and unidentified” by the Punjab Police in 22 of Punjab’s districts. The Tribunal will provide a unique insight into

the practice of disappearances and extra-judicial killings by taking a victim based approach, offering a platform for the victims to depose before the panel their experiences.

The IPT will hear experiences of lawyers, activists and NGO’s who have pursued cases and struggled for justice and accountability in Punjab.

The Punjab mass disappearances during the Punjab conflict have not received the importance and attention they deserve. An overwhelming number of victim’s voices have never been heard in the public domain. The majority have been awaiting basic acknowledgement, accountability and redress. In a tiny minority of cases which could be pursued through the Courts the victims have been grounded down by the endless facades of litigation.