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Sikh Genocide 1984: Sikh Rights Group Protests Sonia Gandhi’s Presence in the United States

March 3, 2012 | By

  • SJF submitted memorandum to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Demands Exclusion of Ms. Gandhi

New York, USA (March 3, 2012): As per information available with “Sikh Siyasat” Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), a US based human rights advocacy group, has approached Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demanding the exclusion of Sonia Gandhi from the United States. Sonia Gandhi, who is currently visiting the U.S., is President of the Indian National Congress party, the ruling political party of India that organized and carried out the genocide of over 30,000 Sikh men, women and children in November 1984, many of whom were burnt alive. The Indian National Congress party had organized the genocide to avenge the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, the Party’s leader, who was murdered by her two bodyguards who happened to be Sikhs.

According to SFJ’s legal advisor, Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, who is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, “Sonia Gandhi’s entry and presence in the U.S. is in violation of section 212(a)(3)(E)(ii) & (iii) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and section 604 of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 which prohibit entry into the U.S. of any individual who, outside of the U.S., has ordered, incited, assisted or in any way participated in the commission of any act of torture or extra judicial killing. Sonia Gandhi is ‘inadmissible’ to the U.S. because as President of the Indian National Congress party she has been actively covering up the Sikh genocide and shielding her party leaders who were key players in executing the atrocities of November 1984.”

“SFJ’s demand to exclude Ms. Gandhi is not unique as previously Narendra Modi, a prominent leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat, was denied entry into U.S. due to his role in the 2002 massacre of Muslims”, Gurpatwant Singh Pannun informed Sikh Siyasat.

SFJ’s March 1st memorandum to Ms. Clinton states that since November 1984 the Indian National Congress party has been ruling the country for 23 of the past 28 years and has continually covered up the Sikh genocide and shielded the perpetrators; Sonia Gandhi, who has been President of the Party since 1998, has been actively following the Party’s practice of impunity towards its leaders who were involved in the gross human rights violations committed in November 1984; Ms. Clinton’s duty to uphold the U.S. Constitution and its laws and order the exclusion of Sonia Gandhi is not absolved due to India’s economic status and political relations with the United States.

Ms. Gandhi’s visit to the U.S. happens to coincide with the March 15th, 2012 hearing before Judge Robert W. Sweet of the U.S. Federal Court in which a “default judgment” is sought against the Indian National Congress Party which has failed to respond to charges of conspiring, aiding, abetting, organizing and carrying out attacks on the Sikh population of India in November 1984. A class action law suit {SFJ v. Indian National Congress S.D.N.Y. (10-CV-2940)} has been filed under the Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) and the Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA) by the survivors of Sikhs killed in India during November 1984. The plaintiffs will ask the court to enter a judgment in the amount of 17.5 billion U.S. dollars against the Indian National Congress party for rehabilitation of survivors and compensation for the loss of life and property. The plaintiffs’ demand for 17.5 billion is based on records obtained via the Rights to Information Act, according to which a total of more than 35,000 thousand claims for deaths and injuries suffered by Sikhs during November 1984 were filed from the states of Delhi, Bihar, Chhatisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir; Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Uttara Khand, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.

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