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Sikh genocide survivor presented evidence about role of Congress and police during November 1984 before Canadian lawmakers

December 13, 2013 | By

Ottawa, Canada (December 13, 2013): According to information sent to the Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) by Human rights and advocacy group, Sikhs For Justice, [o]n the eve of International Human Rights Day, Bibi Jagdish Kaur witness and survivor of November 1984 presented evidence of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar’s role in genocidal attacks on Sikhs to the Canadian Lawmakers.

Cutting across party lines, members of Canadian Parliament stood in solidarity and listened to Jagdish Kaur’s horrific tale of denial of justice and impunity to Congress leaders who perpetrated heinous crimes against Sikh community in November 1984.

Canadian RulingParty MP's Tim Uppal - Parm Gill Bringing Bibi Jagdish Kaur To Parliament

Canadian Ruling Party MP’s Tim Uppal & Parm Gill bringing Bibi Jagdish Kaur to the Parliament

Testifying before Canadian Lawmakers, Bibi Jagdish Kaur who lost her husband, a son and three brothers, stated that “killing of Sikhs in 1984 was not “anti sikh riots” but was intentional and systematic attack on the Sikh population of India organized by Congress leaders with the complicity of police”. Congress President Sonia is shielding Sajjan Kumar who lead death squads that killed my family is a direct evidence of government’s role, added Bibi Jagdish Kaur.

During the afternoon session of Canada’s Parliament, Members of ruling Conservative Party gave a standing ovation to their fellow MP Parm Gill who gave a statement on November 1984 condemning the massacre of Sikhs and remembering the victims. Acknowledging his meeting with Bibi Jagdish Kaur, MP Parm Gill recognized that “she is still seeking justice for her family and other victims.” Bibi Jagdish Kaur and her son Gurdeep Singh along with several members of Sikh community were special invitees to the December 10th session of the Parliament in Ottawa.

Members of National Democratic Party (NDP) Caucus, Paul Dewar, Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe and Jinny Simms met with Bibi Jagdish Kaur and assured her of their support to the victims of November 1984 in their quest for justice.

On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada, MP John McCallum while meeting Jagdish Kaur stated that “I would like to welcome and commend you for your bravery. As a survivor and witness to the horrible atrocities that occurred on the streets of New Delhi in 1984, we commend you for your courage and dedication for pursuing all avenues of justice to insure that those responsible for those horrendous crimes are brought to justice.” Liberal MPs Kristy Duncan and Jim Karygiannis also met with Jagdish Kaur.

Bibi Jagdish, will tour throughout Canada to mobilize the Provincial legislatures and the Sikh Community to get their support in seeking justice for November 1984 victims, stated Avtar Singh Punia, President Ontario Khalsa Darbar, Dixie.

While members of Indian Parliament were involved in organizing violence against the Sikh community, the Members of Canadian Parliament are standing with the victims of 1984 in their struggle for justice, stated Sukhminder Singh Hansra, a noted human rights activist and accomplished journalist in Canada.

According to attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal advisor to SFJ, with a prime witness of November 1984 Sikh Genocide presenting evidence of Congress leaders’ role in leading genocidal attacks on the Sikh Community to Members of Canadian Parliament we aim to introduce a motion to debate the case of Sikh Genocide in the Parliament during November 2014.

Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) a human rights advocacy group supported by Gurudwara management committees across Canada submitted a Memorandum to Canadian Lawmakers urging them to hold a debate to determine whether November 1984 was Sikh Genocide as defined in Article 2 of the UN Convention.

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