Ensaaf

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Mission statement of ENSAAF:

Ensaaf is an organisation which is working to end impunity and achieve justice for mass state crimes in Punjab, India by documenting and exposing human rights violations, bringing perpetrators to justice, and organizing survivors to advocate for their rights to truth, justice, and reparations.

Impunity means the institutional refusal to hold perpetrators of human rights abuse accountable. Ensaaf believes that impunity is the root cause of ongoing abuses and perpetually violates survivors’ rights to truth, justice, and reparations.


Board of Directors

  • Elvis Fraser
  • Alison A. Hillman, Chair
  • Jaskaran Kaur
  • Navneet Miller
  • Richard J. Wilson

Board of Advisors

  • Brad Adams is the Executive Director of the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW). HRW is the largest human rights organization based in the US and protects the human rights of people around the world.
  • Rajvinder Singh Bains is a Punjab & Haryana High Court attorney with over two decades of human rights litigation experience. He is the lead attorney of the Khalra trial team.
  • Sandra Coliver is a Senior Legal Officer at the Open Society Justice Initiative, an operational arm of the Open Society Institute founded by financier George Soros that promotes the rule of law and human rights worldwide.
  • Matt Eisenbrandt is the Legal Coordinator at the Canadian Centre for International Justice. From 2004 to 2007, he worked as Legal Director at the Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA).
  • Carla Ferstman is the Director of REDRESS. REDRESS helps torture survivors obtain justice and reparations.
  • Ram Narayan Kumar is Program Director, Understanding Impunity: Failures and Possibilities of Rights to Truth, Justice and Reparation, at the South Asia Forum for Human Rights (SAFHR). SAFHR promotes human rights, peace, and democracy in the region.
  • Smita Narula is the Faculty Director at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ), based at NYU School of Law. The CHRGJ focuses on issues related to global justice and emphasizes research productivity in all aspects of its work.
  • Sharanjeet Parmar is a human rights lawyer and lecturer on law in the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School. Prior to joining Harvard, Parmar served as a prosecuting war crimes attorney with the Special Court for Sierra Leone, in addition to working in India and South Sudan.
  • Romesh Silva is a Statistician with the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG). HRDAG, based at the Benetech Inititative, advises truth commissions, international criminal tribunals, and non-governmental human rights organizations in building evidence-based arguments using empirical data and established statistical methods.
  • Paul Williams is the Executive Director of the Public International Law & Policy Group which provides pro bono assistance to developing states and states in transition involved in conflict. He is also a Professor of Law and International Relations at the American University Washington College of Law and School of International Service.


Contact details

Ensaaf P.O. Box 594 Fremont, CA 94537