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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Thirty Years of Impunity: The November 1984 Anti-Sikh Pogroms in India

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 10:00am
2456 Rayburn House Office Building


During the first week of November 1984, an estimated 3,000 Sikhs were massacred in India’s capital. According to eyewitnesses and Indian human rights activists, the killings were organized by government officials and facilitated by police officials. Thirty years later, justice continues to elude those whose lives were affected by the violence.

Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a special screening of The Widow Colony, an award-winning documentary that amplifies the voices of Sikh widows who lost loved ones in the November 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms and whose struggle for justice continues to this day. After the film, panelists will discuss India’s failure to prosecute the architects of the pogroms; discuss the importance that accountability will have for India’s future; and provide recommendations for U.S. foreign policy in relation to India.

For any questions, please contact the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at 202-225-3599 or

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC
Joseph R. Pitts, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC



  • Manoj Mitta, Author — When a Tree Shook Delhi: The 1984 Carnage and Its Aftermath
  • Harpreet Kaur and Manmeet Singh — Filmmakers, Sach Productions
  • Sukhman Singh Dhami, Co-Director, Ensaaf


  • Rajdeep Singh, The Sikh Coalition
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