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Sikh genocide victims yet to get justice: Michelle Rowland, Australian MP

November 8, 2013 | By

Chandigarh/ Punjab (November 8, 2013): Australian MP Ms Michelle Rowland of Australian Labor Party has said that it was shameful that the victims of Sikh Genocide 1984 were denied justice even after 29 years. She was speaking at a Sydney based Sikh Gurdwara Sahib. She said that she would extend full support to the Sikh genocide petition moved in Australian parliament by Liberal Party of Australia Warren Enstch, MP.

Australian MP Ms Michelle Rowland of Australian Labor Party

Australian MP Ms Michelle Rowland of Australian Labor Party

It is notable that last year, on the 28th anniversary of the Sikh genocide 1984, a petition was tabled in the Australia House of Representatives today seeking to declare the 1984 systematic massacre of Sikhs as genocide. The petition was tabled by Warren Enstch, Chief Opposition Whip for the Liberal Party.

According to The Tribune (TT): [t]he petition has urged the Government of India to take all reasonable measures to bring all persons responsible for this “organised campaign” of violence to justice. This includes criminal prosecutions against the responsible persons following due process of law.

Australian MP Hon. Warren Entsch presenting the Sikh Genocide petition in the Parliament

The Australian MP had also noted in the petition: “I am aware that the Prime Minister of India has asked the victims to ‘forgive and forget’. But it seems clear to me that the events of 1984 onwards and the lack of justice has left lasting wounds on the Sikh psyche. The old saying ‘a crime unpunished is a crime encouraged’ is illustrated by the fact that those responsible for this violence, the police, the ‘death squads’ and those who authorised their actions, have never faced criminal prosecution. In many cases they have actually been promoted”.

Harkirat Singh, general secretary, Supreme Sikh Council of Australia, said: “The genocide petition before Australian Parliament will highlight the ‘systematic killing’ of Sikhs”.

The petition has got the support from Labour Party Member Parliament Michelle Rowland who also demanded prosecution of those involved in the torture, extrajudicial killings and disappearances of Sikhs during counter-insurgency operations in Punjab.

The Oz MP has said that the victims of the Sikh genocide 1984 are yet to get justice.

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