November 5, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Brussels (November 05, 2013): As per information the Sikh Federation (UK) organised a successful human rights conference in the European Parliament on the 29th anniversary of the Genocide of Sikhs in November 1984. The conference was held on November 04, 2013.
The conference was divided in two parts. The first part related to the 29th anniversary of the Genocide of Sikhs in November 1984 and the second part related to challenges to the Sikh identity across Europe.
Around 10 Members of the European Parliament from several different countries were represented. Those that spoke included Baraness Sarah Ludford (Liberal Democrat), Keith Taylor (Greens) and Marina Yannakoudakis (Conservative).
Sikh representatives from across Europe, Canada and the USA were in the impressive 350 seated conference room to hear speakers in the first part from the Sikh Federation (UK), Sikhs for Justice and Khalsa Human Rights. The second part of the conference heard from the Sikh Federation (UK) and two speakers in relation to France and other parts of Europe who explained the challenges they faced to the Sikh identity.
Jaswinder Singh representing the Sikh Federation (UK) chaired the conference. Dabinderjit Singh, an adviser to the Sikh Federation (UK) spoke in both parts of the conference and led on responses in the question and answer session at the end of the conference. Other speakers included Jatinder Singh Grewal from Sikhs for Justice, Harjinder Singh (Man in Blue) who works as a consultant for the Sikh Federation (UK) and Ranjit Singh from France.
Those that posed questions and spoke at the end were Amrik Singh (Belgium), Max Gubir Singh Kaiser (Germany), Amarjit Kaur (Belgium), Amrik Singh (UK), Satnam Singh (Germany), Jatinderbir Singh (Germany) and Sukhwinder Singh (Germany).
Three resolutions were passed at the end of the conference. The first resolution related to the Genocide of Sikhs in November 1984 and built on the resolution passed on the same subject by Sikhs in the European Parliament on 25 June 2013, but included reference to the 1 million petition submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) on 1 November 2013.
The second resolution mentioned the three rulings by the UNHCR in favour of the Sikhs rights to wear the turban and against France. It urged EU Member States to exert pressure on France as one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council to respect and act upon the decisions by the United Nations backing the right of Sikhs to wear the turban.
The third resolution related to the on-going challenges to the Sikh identity in other EU countries, most notably Belgium where Sikh school children are facing the same challenges as those in France and the on-going problem of proper implementation of the revised EU Regulation of searches of the Sikh turban at airports.
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