Extrajudicial Execution Victim Families Association (EEVFAM)
Sagolsem Menjor Singh and hundreds of others have lost loved ones in alleged extrajudicial executions. Now, they are being intimidated, harassed or attacked for seeking justice.
Sagolsem Menjor Singh lives in Imphal, Manipur. His son, Anand Singh, was killed in an alleged extrajudicial execution by security forces in Manipur, in 2009. For years, Sagolsem has been seeking justice for his son.
Sagolsem is just one of hundreds of people in Manipur who have lost family members in extrajudicial executions. Together, these families have formed a collective – the Extrajudicial Execution Victim Families Association (EEVFAM).
In a brave attempt to achieve justice, EEVFAM members documented many of these alleged instances of extrajudicial executions. Along with Human Rights Alert, an NGO, they approached the Supreme Court, and filed a writ petition.
In July 2017, the Supreme Court ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation to investigate over 90 alleged extrajudicial executions in Manipur. This investigation is ongoing.
However, these brave human rights defenders are now increasingly under attack. On 8 January 2018, police personnel visited Sagolsem’s house but he was not at home. They claimed they were going to arrest him, but refused to provide a copy of the arrest warrant. Later, a public official confirmed that in fact, there had been no arrest warrant issued against him. At least four activists involved with EEVFAM say they have been intimidated, harassed or attacked by security force personnel.
These human rights defenders have suffered deep personal tragedies, and now they suffer intimidation and harassment. Still, they refuse to give up.
You will soon be able to lend your voice to support their work. Please check back here for updates. In the mean time, support other Brave individuals (like Chandrashekhar Azad) and organisations here. Stand up for those who stand up for us all.