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Lawyers across Asia call for end to impunity for cases of torture

As the world observes the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on June 26, the SOS-Torture Asia Litigators Group strongly calls for an end to torture impunity on the continent and around the world.

Human Rights Groups Want India to Prosecute Cops for Custodial Death of Two Youth

On Tuesday 2 July 2019, the Supreme Court of India will hear a Public Interest Litigation brought in the case of Citizens against Hate v State of Bihar regarding the death of two men in police custody in the Sitamarhi District of State of Bihar in India.

1,966 Custodial Deaths In India During 2018; NGO Calls India to Rectify UNCAT

The “Campaign Against Torture in India” while releasing “India: Annual Report on Torture 2018” on the United Nations Day Against Torture stated that during 2018, a total of 1,966 custodial deaths were reported to India's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) including 147 deaths in police custody and 1,819 deaths in judicial custody.

Torture: Indian State’s Instrument of Control in Indian Administered Jammu and Kashmir

The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) and the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) yesterday (on May 20) released the first comprehensive report on torture in Jammu and Kashmir titled Torture: Indian State’s Instrument of Control in Indian Administered Jammu and Kashmir.

500 Days Since Jagtar Singh Johal’s Arrest, India Still Failing to Investigate Torture Claims

As Jagtar Singh Johal remains confined in custody of Indian police after his arrest in November 2017, an international human rights group called REDRESS has noted that his claims about custodial torture during initial days of his custody still remains unaddressed. 

Jagtar Singh Johal’s Case: Over 70 UK MPs Shot Letter to British PM Theresa May

Over 70 British MPs have written a letter British PM Theresa May demanding urgent statement in Parliament from British Foreign Secretary in Jagtar Singh Johal alias Jaggi’s case.

Torture Update India: Five Custodial Deaths Per Day During 2017-2018

“Torture Update India”, released today, the 26th June, the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 2018, states that a total of 1,674 custodial deaths including 1,530 deaths in judicial custody and 144 deaths in police custody took place from 1 April 2017 to 28 February 2018 as per the statistics placed by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India before the Rajya Sabha on 14 March 2018.

Senior Punjab Police Officers Allegedly Involved in Torturing British Citizen Jagtar Singh Johal

It is learnt that names of senior Punjab police officers, including a DIG and two SSPs are also involved in relation to alleged torture on arrested Scottish Sikh citizen Jagtar Singh Johal alias Jaggi.

Hand Written Letter of Jagtar Singh Jaggi Narrating Custodial Torture by Punjab Police

Two hand-written pages of a letter purportedly written by Jagtar Singh Jaggi, a Scottish Sikh detailed by the police and NIA in Indian subcontinent, is released by UK based campaigners.

Indian Police Threatened to Burn Me Alive During Torture: says Arrested Scottish Sikh Jagtar Singh Jaggi

A Scottish Sikh from Dumbarton who went to India to get married has been held in an Indian jail for nearly 220 days without charge and it has now been revealed that Indian police officers not only tortured him, but brought in petrol into the interrogation room and threatened to burn him alive.

Sikh Political Prisoner Bhai Pal Singh (France) gets Bail; Likely to be Released Next Week

As per the media reports Sikh political prisoner and human rights activist Bhai Pal Singh who also happens to be a French citizen being detained by Punjab police

“State Resorting to Repressive Measures & Unnecessarily Creating Chaos”: Dal Khalsa

To support and sympathize with the victims of alleged police firing, enforced disappearances and fake encounters, the Dal Khalsa has planned an assembly

Cutodial Torture on Hoshiarpur Sikh Youth: Petition seeks probe against Police, Magistrates and Doctors

The bench of Justice Jatinder Chauhan of Punjab and Haryana high court issued notice for 30th Nov 2016, in the case related to custodial torture of a Sikh youth belonging to Hoshiarpur district.

Custodial torture: Two women given electric shock by police in Bolath (Kapurthala)

Bholath/Kapurthala, Punjab: In a shocking incident two women have reportedly been given electric shocks by Punjab police inside a police station in Bholath area of Kapurthala. The women were admitted to a private hospital where they were referred to a civil hospital in Kapurthala. Their condition is stated be normal.

Sikh Federation UK establishes links with Secretary General at Amnesty International

London, United Kingdom (May 22, 2014): Salil Shetty, the current Secretary General at Amnesty International last week released a report ‘Thirty years of broken promises’ to mark the United Nations adoption of the Convention Against Torture in 1984.

Punjab police abducted, tortured murder convict Bikramjit to death; Six cops sacked

Amritsar, Punjab (May 18, 2014): According to media reports the Batala police has dismissed 6 policemen — including three assistant sub inspectors (ASI) and three head constables — for their involvement in the abduction and murder of a jail inmate, Bikramjit Singh.

Sikh groups in Canada to go after Punjab cops indulged in crimes against humanity & torture

Ontario, Canada (August 23, 2013): It is learnt that Sikh diaspora organizations of Canada like the Canadian Sikh Coalition (CSC) and Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) are planning to chase and target Punjab cops for their role in torture of Canadian citizens in Punjab. As per information CSC and SFJ are planning to prepare a case, which will be presented to the Canadian government, declaring Punjab police force as violator of human rights so as to deny its officers visas to that country.

Sikhs for Justice want criminal prosuction of Sukhbir Badal in Canada

Torture & extra-judicial killings – Sikh groups seek prosecution of Sukhbir Badal in Canadian Courts

Toronto, Canada (August 13, 2013): The Sikh rights groups in Canada are launching prosecution and arrest warrants of visiting Deputy Premier of the State of Punjab Sukhbir Badal for his culpability in the torture of the Canadian Citizens in India. The Deputy Premier Badal is scheduled to hold meetings with the Canadian officials and business leaders in the British Columbia and Ontario during his upcoming September visit.

Torture victim from Mauritania, undergoing rehabilitation at the African Centre for the Prevention and Resolution of Conflicts, Vivre Caprec, in Senegal. The centre is funded by the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Torture. (OHCHR Photo)

26 June: International Day in support of victims of torture

Ludhiana, India (June 26, 2013): 26 June is observed as "United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture". Torture seeks to annihilate the victim’s personality and denies the inherent dignity of the human being.

Custodial torture victim seeks enhancement of compensation

Chandigarh/Punjab (May 28, 2013): According to media reports a Sikh resident of Amritsar Sarabjit Singh (43), who was subjected to torture in custody by Punjab police won a decade and-a-half-long legal battle on January 15, 2013 when a district court slapped Rs 10-lakh damages on the Punjab government. But Sarabjit Singh, who was branded by police a ‘terrorist’, is now fighting legal battle to get the compensation money enhanced to Rs 50 lakh.

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