New Delhi, India(June 18, 2013): People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) has shared a statement by the mother of Ishrat Jehan, a victim of fake encounter. It is notable that the Ishrat Jahan encounter took place on 15 June 2004, and involved encounter killings of four people on an empty road stretch between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar in Gujarat state, by the officers of Ahmedabad Police Crime Branch.
New York, United States (June 15, 2013): Rights group challenged the dismissal of human rights violation case against CM Badal and filed appeal with the US Circuit Court. The Sikh group has challenged the May 17 order of Federal Judge dismissing the case against CM Badal for failure to effectuate service and the order denying rights group’s motion to conduct jurisdictional discovery. Judge Adelman had dismissed the case holding that that CM Badal was never served with the court summons as claimed by the rights group ‘Sikh for Justice’ (SJF) and SAD (Amritsar).
London, United Kingdom (June 13, 2013): The UK based Sikh Federation (UK) has confirmed that a conference is going to be held on Tuesday 25 June 2013 in the European Parliament in Brussels on the Death Penalty and Human Rights abuses in India.
London/Birmingham (June 13, 2013): It is learnt that the University and College Union (United Kingdom) has opposed the possible execution of Professor Devender Pal Singh Bhullar. UCU Congress has unanimously passed a motion calling upon the Indian government not to execute Professor Bhullar and to remove him from death row immediately.
New Delhi, India (May 30, 2013): The killing of 24 people, including three senior politicians and eight police personnel, in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh on 25 May could further escalate violence in the state, putting more civilians – including local Adivasi (Indigenous) communities – at risk, Amnesty International has warned.
Kashmir/India (May 30, 2013): Expecting international support against systematic and widespread human rights abuses in Kashmir, a human rights body has reportedly approached a number of foreign countries to blacklist at least 500 security personnel involved in human rights abuses in the state.
Ottawa, Canada (May 29, 2013): It is learnt that the World Sikh Organization of Canada will be hosting human rights events across Canada in the month of June, including their annual Parliamentary Dinner in Ottawa on Monday June 3rd in Ottawa. This year’s keynote speaker will be leading Punjab human rights activist Rajvinder S. Bains.
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.
New York, United States (May 20, 2013): Rights group will take the human rights violation case against CM Badal to the US Court of Appeals asking for a remand to depose CM Badal personally before a US Federal Judge on the issue of the service of summons.
Wisconsin, United States (May 19, 2013): It is learnt that the United States district court of Eastern district of Wisconsin has dismissed the case filed by a New York based human rights body ‘Sikhs for Justice’, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) led by Simranjeet Singh Mann and others against the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.
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