On the 30th anniversary of Sikh massacre in November 1984 in Delhi and other parts of the country US based human rights group “Sikhs For Justice” has announced to submit a report to Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General, United Nations on the 1984 genocidal violence against the Sikh community after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
“The report titled ‘1984 Sikh Genocide’ will carry details of the preplanned and deliberate killings of the Sikh community in 19 states of India, eyewash investigations by the successive governments, zero convictions and the failure of the Supreme Court to take cognizance of thousands of deaths during the first week of November 1984,” announced SFJ.
“On November 7 while submitting the Report thousands of Sikhs from North America and European Union will be converging at United Nations Headquarters to highlight the denial of justice and continuous impunity to Indian political leaders involved in the 1984 genocidal violence,” said SFJ legal advisor Gurpatwant Singh Pannun.
Notably a “Sikh Genocide complaint” – urging the UN to investigate the “systematic, intentional and deliberate” killing of Sikhs carried out across India during the first week of November 1984 and to recognize these attacks as “Genocide” – is already pending before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). This complaint with support of more than million signatures was filed with UNHRC on November 1. If the UN’s “Working Group on Communications” decides to hear the Sikh Genocide complaint, it is likely to hold hearings in 2015 August to allow the 1984 victims to present evidence related to Genocide.
“The victims and the community are going to international forum after Indian establishment failed the victims and justice was denied to them,” Pannun said.
U.S. Group To Submit 1984 Sikh Genocide Report to UN
The Sikh rights group that filed lawsuits against the Congress party, its president Sonia Gandhi, and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has announced that on November 7 it will mark the 30th anniversary of the 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom by submitting to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon a report on what it describes as “genocidal violence” against the community.
In a statement, Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) said that the report titled “1984 Sikh Genocide” will carry details of the “pre-planned and deliberate killings of the Sikh community in 19 States of India, eyewash investigations by the successive governments, zero convictions and the failure of the Supreme Court to take cognisance of thousands of deaths during the first week of November 1984.”
Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the attorney, who represented SFJ in these lawsuits, also filed the complaint against Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his recent visit to the U.S. on behalf of victims of the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in Gujarat, leading to the issuance of a summons against Mr. Modi by a New York federal court.
This week SFJ said that on the day that it planned to submit its report to Mr. Ban, “thousands of Sikhs from North America and European Union will be converging at United Nations headquarters to highlight the denial of justice and continuous impunity to Indian political leaders involved in the 1984 genocidal violence.”
In a message to The Hindu, Mr. Pannun said that the Central Bureau of Investigation had not filed any new cases against former minister and Congress leader Jagdish Tytler “even though credible witnesses are here in the U.S.”
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