Punjab in Crisis: Human Rights in India (Paperback)
  • Punjab in Crisis: Human Rights in India (Paperback)

Punjab in Crisis: Human Rights in India (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 01/12/1991
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Violence between separatist Sikh militants and government forces in Punjab has escalated to unprecedented levels, claiming thousands of civilian lives. Since 1984, the security forces have adopted increasingly brutal methods to stem the militant movement, resulting in widespread human rights violations. Countless civilians and suspected militants have been summarily executed in staged "encounter" killings or have "disappeared" while in policy custody; thousands have been detained without trial and subjected to torture. The evidence Asia Watch gathered indicates that these abuses are not random but have been carried out as a matter of state policy. At the same time, Sikh militants have pursued their campaign for a separate state through acts of violence against Hindu and Sikh civilians. These killings include assassinations of civil servants, political candidates and journalists. Militant groups have also engaged in indiscrimate attacks designed to cause extensive civilian casualties. Some of the groups operate as criminal gangs, profiting by extortion and arms smuggling. This report is the result of an Asia Watch mission to Punjab in late 1990. It includes recommendations designed to help break the cycle of violence and restore the rule of law to Punjab.

Publisher: Human Rights Watch
ISBN: 9780300056136

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