August 18, 2014 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
London, United Kingdon (August 18, 2014): British Sikh campaigners say, the arrival of Sikh Afghan civilians at the UK’s Tilbury Docks in a container (east side of London); represents a potent example of continuing and chronic persecution of minority communities in Afghanistan.
British Sikh campaigners are urging British Prime Minister to match his rhetoric on fighting jihadism, by directly intervening on the case of these 35 Sikhs – one of whom has died in the process of the agonising struggle to get to the safety of the UK.
“Sikhs, along-with Hindu and Buddhist, have been direct and whole-scale victims of the horrifying Taliban Jihad warfare on non-Muslim minorities and communities in Afghanistan.” Tens of thousands of Afghan Sikhs have fled to the UK and other parts of Europe, over the course of the last 15- years.
Campaigners say there is a grave danger of the 35 Sikhs being treated purely as illegal immigrants linked to ‘human trafficking’, rather than as genuine victims of persecution. Jagdeesh Singh of SCAN says, “If the persecution is ignored, this will be damning injustice.”
Jagdeesh Singh says, “Early media reports keep using the phrase ‘human trafficking’, but fail to contextualise and grasp the situation of Sikhs in Afghanistan.” He stresses, “It will be highly negligent and dubious, if the UK authorities fail to consider the overwhelming persecution and ethnic cleansing factor.”
Over the last 15-years, with the gruesome onset of Taliban rule and an unsuppressable Talibanistic presence across much of Afghanistan; Sikh be-headings, kidnappings and destruction of Sikh homes become a routine experience.
Campaigners say, “These arrivals represent the last desperate remnants of an already heavily terrorised and fleeing Sikh population. They deserve the same support and protection as the Yazidi and Christians of Iraq.” British and US military and political policy in Afghanistan has completely failed to establish law and order, justice and human rights.
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