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Sikhs to hold protest outside Indian consulate in Frankfurt (Germany) on 15th August

As per information various Sikh organizations of Germany will be holding a protest in Frankfurt on 15 August, which is marked as the Independence Day of India.

Sikh contribution in the first world war must be properly recognised in Europe, Sikh Federation UK

The conflict between 1914 and 1918 - which became known as the Great War - left 17 million soldiers and civilians dead. Earlier this year a British Council survey revealed some startling facts. Over a quarter of Indians believed their country fought against Britain in the First World War.

Berlin: Indian man charged with spying on Sikh organization in Germany

Berlin, Germany (March 25, 2014): As per media reports federal prosecutors say they have charged a 45-year-old Indian man with spying for his country in Germany.

UK & June 1984 Sikh massacre – Various UK politicians supporting demand of independent public inquiry : Sikh Federation UK

London, United Kingdom (March 22, 2014): In ten days time the Sikh Federation (UK) will be releasing the names of all UK politicians who have confirmed support for an independent public inquiry into UK Government involvement in the massacre of innocent Sikhs by the Indian army in June 1984.

Italy: Sikh youth fined €23,000 (around Rs.19.6 Lakh) for not removing Kirpan

Italy (February 25, 2014): As per certain media reports a Sikh youth in Italy has been fined €23,000 (around 19.6 lakh rupees) by a court here for not removing his Kirpan.

Italy: Another Sikh arrested in relation to 2012 attack on Kuldip Brar

London, UK (February 21, 2014): According to a news reported by the Sikh Channel UK there has been another arrest in the case of the 2012 attack on controversial ex-Indian army officer Kuldeep Brar.

UK links with June 1984 attack – Sikhs for Justice to move European Court

Chandigarh/ Punjab (February 08, 2014): Dismayed over British Foreign Secretary William Hague's disclosure that the UK had advised India on the planning and execution of Operation Blue Star, Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), an international human rights group, has said it will file a complaint in the European Court of Human Rights against the UK for aiding, abetting and complicity in 1984 army invasion of the Darbar Sahib Amritsar.

Representatives of the Sikh Federation UK and Sikhs for Justice

UK Sikh body want UN to launch independent investigation into the Sikh Genocide 1984

London, United Kingdom (November 11, 2013): As per information on 1 November 2013 the Sikh Federation (UK) arranged a meeting at 11am in advance of the Justice Rally for a delegation of Sikhs to meet for one hour with staff at the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner in Palais Wilson.

European Parliament Human Rights Conference (November 04, 2013)

European Parliament Human Rights Conference discussed Sikh genocide 1984 & Sikh identity related issues

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.

Official Certified Copy of complaint lodged with UN Human Rights Council regarding Sikh Genocide 1984

An Official Certified Copy of complaint lodged with UN Human Rights Council regarding Sikh Genocide 1984.

1984 Sikh Killings – Thousands protest against “Genocide” of Sikhs in India; Rights Group files complaint with UN – Demands Probe into “Genocide”

Geneva, Switzerland (November 02, 2013): On the 29th year of violence against Sikhs, thousands of Sikhs who joined “Justice Rally” against Government of India for gross human rights violations committed during November 1984 and impunity to those who orchestrated genocidal attacks on Sikhs.

Thousands protested against India at Geneva; Sikh genocide petition submitted to the UN; Indian diplomats in Geneva declined to comment

Geneva, Switzerland (November 02, 2013): It is learnt that thousands of Sikhs from across the globe rallied on November 01, 2013 at the UN's Geneva base, demanding an international investigation of a deadly wave of genocidal violence against the Sikhs in India in 1984. Sikh activists have strongly asserted that the killings 29 years ago were state-sponsored genocide, while India blames them as mere “riots”.

Protest Against India Before UN Geneva On November 1

29 Years of Sikh Genocide: Protest against India before UN Geneva on November 1; More than 10,000 European Sikhs expected to attend

Geneva, Switzerland (October 31, 2013): According to available with the Sikh Siyasat News (SSN): [m]ore than 10 000 Sikhs are expected to join the protest in front of UN Office in Geneva on November 1, 2013. The protestors from Europe, Canada and United States are coming to Switzerland to mark the 29th year of 1984 attacks on Sikhs in India. The gathering before UN is to highlight the denial of justice to the victims of November 1984 and expose the impunity to those who perpetrated violence against Sikhs.

European Conference November 2013

Human Rights conference in EU Parliament to discuss the Sikh genocide 1984 and challenges to the Sikh identity

London, United Kingdom (October 25, 2013): According to a press release sent to Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) by the Sikh Federation (UK), the UK based Sikh body is going to organise a Human Rights Conference in the European Parliament in Brussels on Monday 4 November 2013.

Pressure mounts on France against ban on Sikh Dastars/turbans

Paris, France (October 11, 2013): The recent decision of United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) holding the requirement that Sikh men remove their turban before having a passport photograph taken in France is a threat to religious freedom is a major victory for Sikh diaspora regarding turban ban by French authorities. This decision is believed to mount pressure on French authorities to recognize and allow the Sikhs to wear the turban/dastar freely.

Shingara Singh, a French citizen, who refused to remove his turban for his passport photograph

Sikhs should lobby with governments to ensure that France implements Turban decision of UNHRC: Sikh Federation (UK)

London, United Sikhs (October 09, 2013): The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) has now ruled on three separate occasions in the last three years in favour of Sikhs to wear their turbans in France.

Denmark Sikh reportedly arrested by the Punjab Police

Punjab, India (October 8, 2013): According to a news reported by Sikh24.Com "[s]ources from Punjab have reveled to Sikh24 that a Denmark national has been arrested by Punjab Police".

Sikh Federation UK announces the Global Network of Gurdwaras and Sikh organisations

London, United Kingdom (September 24, 2013): In a press statement sent to the Sikh Siyasat News (SSN), the Sikh Federation UK, a UK based Sikh body, has said that: [i]n the UK around 150 Gurdwaras and Sikh organisations are either affiliated or support the work of the Sikh Federation (UK).

Sikhs across Europe visit Wolverhampton for 10,000-strong conference

Birmingham, United Kingdom (September 23, 2013): Accotding to a news reported by BBC "[m]ore than 10,000 Sikhs have gathered in Wolverhampton to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sikh Federation". The group was set up a decade ago to "give Sikhs a stronger political voice", said Amrik Singh, chair of the federation.

Conference in European Parliament: Sikhs demand release of Prof. Bhullar; Resolve against death penalty in India

Brussels, Belgium (June 28, 2013): A conference on “Human Rights and Death Penalty in India” was held on June 25, 2013 in European Parliament in Brussels, in which various MEPs and Sikh representatives from across the Europe had participated. The conference was reportedly organized at the initiative of Sikh Federation UK.

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