Federation of Sikh Organisations (FSO) – Sikh community appeal to the five permanent members the UN Security Council to instigate a UN led inquiry into the 1984 Sikh genocide and recognise the demand for a separate Sikh homeland, Khalistan

London, 7 June 2017

The Federation of Sikh Organisations (FSO) has written to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council on the 33rd anniversary of the Indian army attack on the Sri Harmandr Sahib Complex in Amritsar in June 1984 and the 1984 Sikh Genocide.

The letter addressed to whoever becomes the next British Prime Minister later this week has been copied to the United States of America, Chinese, French and Russian Governments. The letter states: “the Sikh campaign for Truth, Justice and Freedom is an international campaign requiring the support of foreign governments and the international community.”

Sikhs in the Diaspora are increasingly becoming politically active and beginning to influence policy makers and politicians in the countries in which they live on views about the Narendra Modi led Indian government that has been increasingly targeting minorities.

They have successfully been challenging the negative stereotype and false propaganda created over many years by the Indian authorities.

The letter calls on the next British Prime Minister to hold an independent public inquiry to get to the truth of UK involvement in the 1984 Sikh Genocide. A small Conservative majority or a hung Parliament given the official position of the Labour Party and the Scottish National Party on this issue will increase pressure on the next UK Government to concede to this demand.

The letter states: “The British Sikh response to the revelations (in January 2014) was not to respond by using violence, but use peaceful democratic means such as protests, legal challenge and political pressure to get to the truth.

In turn we need the UK Government to respect our approach and enter a meaningful dialogue at Ministerial level on how best to deliver the truth of UK involvement and assistance from the international community to expose the Indian authorities for failing to deliver justice for the 1984 Sikh Genocide.”

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council have been urged to push for a UN-led inquiry into the atrocities committed by the Indian authorities in 1984 and for UN rapporteurs and independent experts to carry out independent investigations into the torture, disappearances, false encounters and extra-judicial executions.

The letter in reference to the right to self determination and the demand for an independent Sikh state, Khalistan continues: “The UK Government working with other permanent members of the UN Security Council has a historic, legal and moral responsibility towards the Sikhs to help through diplomatic means and respect for international law to resolve a conflict that still continues.”

The Sikh Federation (UK) is a prominent member of the Federation of Sikh Organisations and its Chair, Bhai Amrik Singh said:

“The wider public see the Sikh community as a role model community and appreciate they are tolerant, hard working and peace loving people who deserve the support of the international community for a UN-led investigation into the 1984 Sikh Genocide and recognition of our demand for an independent Sikh state, Khalistan.”

Gurjeet Singh
National Press Secretary
Sikh Federation (UK)

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