April 4, 2007 | Comments Off
The second edition of Ensaaf’s groundbreaking report, Twenty Years of Impunity, is now available online for purchase or download. The report serves as a critical wake-up call to the Indian government to implement the rule of law and redress mass state crimes in India. The victims of the November 1984 massacres of Sikhs continue to suffer, silenced by recent inquiries that allowed major perpetrators to remain in power.
More than two years have passed since the publication of the first edition. During that time, the Justice Nanavati Commission of Inquiry submitted its report to the Indian government, the Congress administration submitted an Action Taken Report to Parliament, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh apologized, but refused to accept state responsibility for the massacres. The passage of two years has not brought survivors closer to the realization of their rights to truth, justice, and reparations.
Twenty Years of Impunity clearly demonstrates that senior political party officials and police sponsored, organized, and executed the November 1984 massacres of thousands of Sikhs following the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. The second edition further establishes that the recent government ignored evidence implicating specific perpetrators:
“Each day the survivors are denied their rights to knowledge, justice and reparation, their anguish is compounded, their nightmare prolonged, and their alienation deepened. Until India ends impunity for these genocidal killings,” states the report, “it will continue to be a nation ruled by men, and not the law.”
The supplement reflects on the recent developments and includes analyses of the Nanavati Commission’s report and Prime Minister’s speech, which failed to actively acknowledge or confront the horror of the massacres. The report succinctly articulates the failings of the Nanavati Commission and the Action Taken Report after a thorough consideration of the evidence at the government’s disposal.