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Remembering June 1984 – 30th anniversary of Indian army assault on Sri Darbar Sahib: VFF statement

This week, from June 1st to June 6th is the 30th anniversary of Indian army attack on Sri Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple), Amritsar, Punjab, the sanctum sanctorum of the Sikhs and dozens of other historical Gurudwaras across India.

Punjab: 8 Sikhs Acquitted in UAPA case by Mohali Court

Mohali, Panjab (March 30, 2014): As per information available with the Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) 8 Sikhs were acquitted on Wednesday the 26th of March, by Dilbagh Singh Johal, the Additional Sessions Judge of the Mohali District Court. The charges were related to unlawful activities, illegal possession of explosives and firearms.

Prof. Devender Pal Singh Bhullar [File Photo]

New Hopes for Devender Pal Singh Bhullar: Supreme Court of India stopped his execution and to review his Petition

New Delhi, India (February 02, 2014): On Friday, January 31, Supreme Court of India decided to stop Professor Devinderpal Singh Bhullar’s (Prof. Bhullar) execution.

British Links with June 1984 attack – Voices for Freedom Calls for Impartial, Transparent and Independent Inquiry

New York, USA (January 24, 2014): The Voices For Freedom (VFF) has sought an impartial and transparent war crime inquiry based on the declassified government documents showing British involvement in preparation of the June 1984 attack. VFF has expressed shock over recent revelations.

UK role in June 1984 invasion – “Condemn PM Thatcher’s Decision to Assist Indira Gandhi” – Sikh Groups demand “Resolution” in British Parliament

New York, USA (January 15, 2014): With the information going public that Special Air Service (SAS) of United Kingdom was involved in planning the invasion of Golden Temple in 1984, “Sikhs For Justice” (SFJ) an international human rights group with the support of Sikh groups across World announced that British Parliament should immediately pass a “Resolution that action of PM Thatcher of colluding with Indira Gandhi to attack the holiest Sikh shrine was wrong”.

India: Stop the arbitrary execution of Prof. Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar; Overseas Sikh & Human Rights bodies form coalition

Pleasanton, California (April 20, 2013): On April 15 and 16, 2013, a coalition of U.S.-based organizations wrote to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, urging them to call on the Government of India to halt the imminent execution of Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar.

Sumedh Saini (R) with Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal (L)

High Court upholds Human Rights abuser Sumedh Saini’s appointment as Police chief

Chandigarh/ Punjab (April 11, 2013): It is learnt that pronouncing it's decision on a petition challenging the appointment of Punjab DGP Sumedh Saini the Punjab and Haryana high court on April 11, 2013 upheld the appointment, while dismissing the petition.

Sumedh Saini’s appointment as DGP – Punjab & Haryana High court reserved judgement

Chandigarh, Punjab (February 05, 2013): After hearing the case challenging the appointment of Sumedh Singh Saini as Punjab director general of police (DGP) despite having been chargesheeted by a Delhi CBI court in a criminal case in 2006, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday reserved its judgment on the case.

Recognize the Sikh Genocide; Sign the White House Petition: VFF joins Sikhs for Justice

New York, NY (November 27, 2012): The Voices For Freedom (VFF) has joined Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) in petitioning the Whitehouse to Recognize “Sikh Genocide” - 30,000+ killed in India during November 1984.

Hearing of petition challenging Sumedh Saini’s appointment deferred till December 05, 2012

Chandigarh (November 09, 2012): It is learnt that the Punjab and Haryana High Court has deferred the hearing of a petition challenging appointment of Punjab police chief DGP Sumedh Saini, in wake of allegations of human rights violations and tendency of criminal trials against him, till December 5, 2012.

Challenging appointment of Sumedh Saini as DGP – High Court dismiss VFF’s PIL; But takes Suo-moto notice of the matter

According to media reports the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday (October 16, 2012) dismissed the Public Interest Litigation filed by the NGO, 'Voice For Freedom', stating that it does not have locus standi to file petition against appointment of Sumedh singh Saini as Punjab DGP.

Punjab govt. defends appointment of human rights abuser Sumedh Saini as DGP of Punjab

Chandigarh (August 01, 2012): Punjab Government has produced it's confidential records before the Punjab and Haryana High Court to defend the appointment of human rights abuser and IPS officer Sumedh Singh Saini as Director General of Police (DGP). The government argued that the Sainis has “outstanding” annual confidential reports (ACRs). Moreover, according of the Government, it was the “emerging volatile” situation in Punjab — owing to orders being issued to execute the death warrant against Punjab CM Beant Singh’s assassin Balwant Singh Rajoana in March — which compelled the state government to immediately appoint Saini as the DGP.

High Court summons the record of Sumedh Saini’s promotions & his appointment as DGP

Chandigarh (July 27, 2012): The hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking removal of Sumedh Singh Saini as DGP of Punjab continues in Punjab and Haryana High Court. This petition is moved by NGO named Voices for Freedom (VFF). In recent hearing in the court the VFF counsel countered the allegations levelled by the state government against VFF and told the court that CBI had registered a case of murder and abduction against Sumedh Saini.