1984 riots: Amnesty International slams slow progress, asks SIT to make probe status public

He said SIT had raised hopes among victims and survivors that they would finally get justice. But SIT’s lack of transparency has been disturbing, he added.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: December 6, 2016 4:53 am

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL India has told the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed by the central government to probe the 1984 riots, make status of its investigation public. It has also asked for preparation of a comprehensive plan for reparation and a robust law to prevent and respond to communal and targeted violence. Addressing a press conference on Monday, campaigner at Amnesty International India, Sanam Sutirath Wazir, said the SIT, constituted by the Centre in January 2015 to re-investigate cases related to the massacre, has made slow progress.

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He said SIT had raised hopes among victims and survivors that they would finally get justice. But SIT’s lack of transparency has been disturbing, he added.

Wazir further stated that SIT has the authority to file charges against accused people provided there is sufficient evidence. It has received two extensions. Now, SIT is likely to wrap up investigation by February 2017.

Amnesty released a campaign digest, ‘32 years and waiting: An era of injustice for 1984 Sikh massacre’, carrying personal accounts of survivors.

Manoj Mita, a Board member of Amnesty International, said several recommendations were made in June this year by Amnesty International India and a range of activists, lawyers, political leaders and others.

The recommendations include undertaking comprehensive policy reforms to insulate police from political interference and pressure and preparing a comprehensive victim and witness protection programme at the central and state levels.

It was also recommended that a comprehensive plan for reparation in consultation with victims and survivors of 1984 be prepared.

This should entitle all the people, who suffered physical or mental injury, emotional suffering, economic loss or impairment of fundamental rights during the 1984 riots, to reparation.

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