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Justice for 1984 - open letter to Amnesty International India

Open Letter to Amnesty International India – On using term “riots” for the Sikh Genocide 1984

It is unfortunate to see Amnesty International India using term “riots” to refer to the systematic and widespread killings of the Sikhs in November 1984 in India. It's painful to see that a human rights body of an international standing was not able to see that the term 'riot' was most inappropriate term to refer to a series of organized massacres of a minority community.

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Sikh Genocide 1984: Amnesty Intl. India petition demands Justice for victims BUT terms it as ‘riots’

New Delhi, India: Amnesty International India has launched a petition demanding the Government of India to reopen each of the November 1984 Sikh massacre related cases that were closed by the Delhi police. The human rights body has further demanded that an independent team should be formed to reinvestigate the cases, and all those responsible for the massacre– whether they are political leaders, police or government officials, should be brought to justice.

A police official takes the thumb print of a Pakistani Christian woman who has been sentenced to death for blasphemy

Pakistan: Upholding blasphemy death sentence against Christian woman “a grave injustice”, Amnesty

Islamabad/ New Delhi: A Pakistani court’s decision to uphold the death sentence against a Christian woman convicted on blasphemy charges is a grave injustice, Amnesty International said.

Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi

Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi are true inspirations for standing up for children’s rights, Amnesty

New Delhi, India: Following the announcement that Pakistani schoolgirl and education rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai and Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International said [...]

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Death Penalty: USA, Pakistan among countries that continue to execute people with mental and intellectual disabilities

New Delhi, India: Countries around the world continue to sentence to death or to execute people with mental and intellectual disabilities, in clear violation of international standards, Amnesty International said today on the World Day against the Death Penalty.

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India: Thousands call for justice for Afghan civilians killed in US operations, Amnesty Intl. India

New Delhi, India: An Amnesty International India press release says nearly 20,000 people in India have supported it's campaign urging US President Barack Obama to ensure accountability for serious human rights violations and apparent war crimes in Afghanistan by US forces.

Surjit Singh SI admits fake encounters in Punjab

SCI rules for independent probe into encounter killings; Punjab cases to be acid test for impact

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India (SCI), on Sept. 23, passed directions that each police encounter resulting in death should be thoroughly investigated by an investigative agency. The directions came in an order passed on a plea by the Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL). The SCI ruled that that there should be an investigation by an independent agency like the Crime Investigation Department in encounter cases.

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SC judgement on police encounters strengthens safeguards against fake encounters, Amnesty India

New Delhi, India: In a statement sent to the Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) the Amnesty International India has welcomed the Supreme Court's order detailing how all police encounters must be investigated in order to prevent and punish fake encounters, or staged extrajudicial executions.

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India: Supreme Court order on undertrials must spur systemic changes, Amnesty Intl. India

New Delhi, India (September 05, 2014): Describing the recent ruling of Supreme Court of India (SCI) commanding release of all under-trial detainees who have spent half of their maximum term for offences for which they are charged, as a landmark order by India’s Supreme Court the Amnesty International India today said that it should lead to long-term changes to the criminal justice system.

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Indigenous and Dalit communities at risk of forced evictions in Chhattisgarh

Authorities have given SECL permission to expand production at its coal mine in Korba from 35 MTPA (metric tonnes per annum) to 40 MTPA, which could lead to the eviction of over 5000 people from their homes and lands in over 18 villages in Korba. Those who could be evicted include Kawar, Gond and Korwa Adivasis (indigenous peoples) and Dalit families.

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