April 27, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Switzerland, Geneva (April 27, 2013): Seeking United Nations intervention to save death row inmate Devenderpal Singh Bhullar, a Swiss NGO “Movement Against Atrocities and Repression” (MAAR) and Sikhs For Justice” (SFJ) an international human rights group, filed an appeal with Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, Honorable Christof Heyns on April 25.
Hundreds of Sikhs who converged Geneva from Itlay, Germany, France, Poland, Belgium, Holland, UK and Switzerland held a ‘Justice Rally” before UN Office seeking intervention for suspension of Bhullar’s death sentence.
To show solidarity with Prof. Bhullar, the European Sikh community and Sikh organizations also unanimously passed the resolution and decided to support the global campaign to “Boycott Air India”.
Justifying the support to ‘Boycott Air India” globally, Harminder Singh Khalsa, a spokesperson of MAAR, stated that the economic loss to Air India as result of Sikh community’s boycott of the airline will be a wakeup call for a system that is biased against Sikhs. Harminder Singh Khalsa, who now lives in Switzerland, is accused and convicted of high jacking of Indian Airlines flight from Srinagar to Lahore on July 5, 1984.
On April 14, Sikh rights group (SFJ) gave a call to globally “Boycott Air India” resulting in continuous cancellation of Air India flights from Toronto, Canada. The SFJ legal advisor Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, urged the Sikh community to stop financially supporting a “System of Governance” which kills innocent Sikhs, subjects them to genocidal attacks and completely denies justice.
The appeal to UN states that Bhullar’s case warrants “immediate intervention” because after the denial of his recent appeal by the Supreme Court, his execution is imminent. The appeal submitted to Honorable Christof Heyns urges to (a) send a “fact finding” mission to India to investigate the torture perpetrated on Bhullar which resulted in “dubious confession” and his conviction and (b) ask Government of India to respect Universal Declaration of Human Rights and suspend Bhullar’s death sentence.
A delegation of European human rights activists met Mr. Sharof Azizov, a key member of Rapporteur’s team and urged to form a special commission and send a “fact finding” mission to investigate and save Devenderpal Singh Bhullar who is facing imminent “execution” in India.
Mr. Azizov the spokesperson for Special Rapporteur, while assuring the Sikh community of UN intervention in Bhullar’s matter asked the delegation to submit the details of torture used against Bhullar to extract confession; extradition judicial killing of Bhullar’s family members and details of other death row inmates in India if they were convicted under TADA.
According to Master Karnail Singh founder President of Sikh Foundation, Switzerland, Bhullar’s conviction and planned execution, violates fundamental principles of justice, and his continuous detention for the past sixteen years violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and shocks human dignity.
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