Impunity in Canada: 15th Anniversary of Tara Singh Hayer’s murder

Monday, November 18, 2013

On November 18, 1998, journalist, editor and publisher Tara Singh Hayer was gunned down outside his home in Surrey, British Columbia. Hayer's case remains unsolved.

10 years prior to his murder, an attempt to assassinate Hayer left him paralyzed and requiring the use of a wheelchair.

Hayer's murder appears to be connected to his investigative work on the 1985 bombing of an Air India flight, plotted in Vancouver, which resulted in the deaths of all 329 passengers and crew. A potential witness, Hayer had made statements to police that would incriminate members of a militant Sikh separatist group.

As we count down to the International Day to End Impunity, November 23, it is easy to focus on the countries where impunity is a prevalent problem. But it is critical that we not forget that these issues do in fact exist in Canada as well.

Hayer was featured in the first year of IFEX’s campaign to end impunity in 2011.

Read more:

Vancouver Sun | Hundreds pay tribute to assassinated journalist Tara Singh Hayer
The Globe and Mail | Unsolved killing of celebrated Air India journalist stains Canada's reputation for press freedom
CJFE | CJFE welcomes Air India report; Calls for killers of journalist to be brought to justice at last
CJFE | CJFE expresses concern and shock over murder of Tara Singh Hayer