July 17, 2010 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Canada (July 16, 2010): Now that Shri Akal Takht Sahib has declared the killings of Sikhs in 1984 as Genocide and has entrusted “Sikhs for Justice” (SFJ) with the task of getting international recognition, SFJ along with All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) will file a “1503 petition” before UN Human Rights Commission. The Petition will ask UN Human Rights Commission to declare the killings of Sikhs in 1984 as “Genocide” under Article 2 of the UN Convention on Genocide. The petition will request the UN Commission to record the testimony of victims and witnesses of 1984 Genocide. SFJ is launching a world-wide petition signing campaign to get the said petition signed.
In “1503 petition” proceedings, U.N. Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) can call witnesses, record testimony; receive documents and evidence related to human rights violations and killings. U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION can also seek response from the country involved. As per attorney Pannun this is very significant because it will bring out the details about the Sikh Genocide before the United Nations and will help to vindicate the demand to recognize 1984-1997 as Sikh Genocide.
According to attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal advisor to SFJ, the UN Genocide Convention of which India is also a signatory, not only defines “Genocide” but also imposes a duty on the member states to recognize, punish and prevent the crime of Genocide. Attorney Pannun further stated that through a petition before UNHRC, their organization will appraise the member countries and will provide them with true facts, figures, documents and evidence related to Sikh Genocide (1984-1997).
During the upcoming UN General Assembly session to be held in September 2010 in New York in which heads of all member countries will speak at the United Nations, SFJ will communicate and correspond with the heads and delegates of all the member countries to apprise them of the facts about Sikh Genocide (1984-1997). Attorney Pannun will request United Nations member countries to raise human rights violations of minorities in India and Sikh Genocide issue during the upcoming UN General assembly session.
SFJ will request the UN member countries to hold on to India’s application for a permanent seat in the Security Council until India proves its compliance to UN Conventions on Genocide and before granting the permanent seat ask India to adopt the following:
India should be asked to allow members of International Human Rights organizations to enter and work in the state of Punjab. Just a few months ago, delegation of US Commission on International Religious Freedom was denied entry by the Indian Government.
India should be asked to recognize the killings of Sikhs from 1984-1997 as “Genocide”, as defined in Article 2 of the UN Convention on Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and fulfill its obligations under Article 1 of the Genocide Convention by prosecuting the perpetrators.
Sikhism is recognized as a separate and distinct religion all over the world except India. India should be asked to take legal and constitutional steps to recognize Sikhism as a separate and distinct religion.
SFJ (www.sikhsforjustice.org) is mobilizing human rights groups and the international community on a common platform to demand justice for the victims of the Sikh Genocide (1984-97).
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