October 18, 2007

Protecting the Killers

A Policy of Impunity in Punjab, India

I. Summary
Key recommendations
II. Methodology
III. Background
IV. International and Domestic Legal Standards and Norms
The right to an effective remedy
Superior responsibility
Indian law...
V. Failure of Justice
A. NHRC and the Punjab mass cremations case..
B. CBI failure to investigate extrajudicial killings
C. The murder of Jaswant Singh Khalra: Intimidation of witnesses and superior responsibility
D. The killing of Jugraj Singh: Police intimidation and failure of due process
E. Attacks on civilians: The killing of Charanjit Kaur
F. Harrassment of relatives: The case of Mohinderpal Singh alias Pali
G. The "disappearance" of Ajmer Singh..
H. Dispiriting delays: The killing of Kulwinder Singh alias Kid.. 100
VI. Remedial Framework to Combat Impunity106
Combating impunity106
Right to knowledge: Commission of inquiry107
Right to justice: Special Prosecutor's Office.. 115
Right to reparations: A comprehensive reparations program... 118
Acknowledgements123