Sikh Federation UK – UN Security Council to be approached to launch International Criminal Tribunal for 1984 Sikh Genocide following Indian government accepting Justice Dhingra findings

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London – UK, 18 January 2020. Like-minded Sikhs in the Diaspora are preparing to come together and announce in the next two to three months the setting up of a collective platform across at least 20 countries with around 150-200 representatives.

The new set up that will allow for international co-ordination of political activities, around a shared global agenda that is being developed, is expected to double the number of countries it covers within 12-18 months.

The Sikh Federation (UK) is working with Sikhs from a dozen other countries on preparations, finalising the global agenda and names of representatives from different countries. The launch event is expected to be in Paris towards the end of March.

One of the five priorities of the new set up will almost certainly relate to the 1984 Sikh Genocide. Political pressure is already being exerted on the five members of the UN Security Council to launch a Rwanda-style International Criminal Tribunal looking into the crimes committed in the 1984 Sikh Genocide.

On Wednesday the BJP Indian government told the Supreme Court it accepted the findings in the report by the Justice S N Dhingra committee that was submitted to the court in November 2019.

The Justice S N Dhingra committee investigated 199 cases linked to the 1984 Sikh Genocide that were closed by the Supreme Court and its findings are damning for the police and judiciary.

They have found at best the police lacked interest in investigating. They did not preserve forensic evidence and in some cases failed to do the basics, such as, contacting the family members of those killed. In one case they noted that the investigating officer and the authorities were “not interested in getting the culprits punished” despite “overwhelming evidence”.

They have also highlighted that police officers “conspired” with the perpetrators of the 1984 Sikh Genocide. For example, Inspector Tyagi deliberately disarmed local Sikhs of their licensed arms so that the perpetrators could make them victims and cause loss of life and property. Tyagi was suspended from service but later reinstated and promoted to assistant commissioner of police.

The judiciary were also all too happy to acquit those charged. They have found faults with the way certain judges had conducted trials as well, stating that the judges handed acquittals “in a routine manner”.

They have pointed out several loopholes in trials: “None of the judgments on record show that the judges were alive to the situation” of the 1984 Sikh Genocide or “were alive to the fact that for delay in lodging FIRs and statement of witnesses, the victims were not responsible.”

The Justice S.N. Dhingra committee was formed in 2015 by the BJP government after ten earlier commissions, committees or panels since 1984. The last Commission was the Nanavati Commission set up in 2000 that reported in 2005.

Although the Nanavati Commission directly implicated leading Congress politicians: Jagdish Tytler, Kamal Nath and Sajjan Kumar only the latter has been found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment in December 2018. It took more than 34 years after the 1984 Sikh Genocide for one leading politician to be found guilty. He is appealing to the Supreme Court to have his life sentence reduced.

Bhai Amrik Singh, the Chair of the Sikh Federation (UK) said:

“Our experiences from the last 35 years and this latest report shows the police, politicians and judiciary in India are corrupt to the core and the wheels of justice hardly turn. It is therefore impossible to secure justice within the Indian system for the 1984 Sikh Genocide.“

“With the work we have already undertaken in several countries and have planned in other countries we are confident in securing the support of the majority of the five members of the UN Security Council to launch a Rwanda-style International Criminal Tribunal looking into the crimes committed in the 1984 Sikh Genocide.”

“It is the entire Indian machinery, the police, armed forces, politicians, judiciary, state-owned media and the perpetrators of the 1984 Sikh Genocide that must be put on trial in an international arena.”

“The world must be left in no doubt who was responsible for trying to wipe out the minority Sikh community throughout India in 1984 and why the only form of justice now available for Sikhs is to exercise their right to self-determination and an independent sovereign Sikh homeland.”

Harnek Singh
National Press Secretary
Sikh Federation (UK)

The Tribune – Jatha to visit Pakistan on Baisakhi

New Delhi – India, 19 January 2020. The DSGMC has invited applications from devotees interested in undertaking a pilgrimage to Sikh shrines in Pakistan on Baisakhi.

Last date for submitting the application with passport is 15 February. It will be a 10-day pilgrimage.

Sikhs in the national capital and having a valid identity proof, can apply. This year, a total of 555 pilgrims will be covered. The pilgrims will be visiting Panja Sahib, Nankana Sahib, Dera Sahib (Lahore), Rori Sahib (Aminabad), Kartarpur Sahib (Narowal), Janam Asthan Guru Ram Dass, Shahi Kila etc.

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/jatha-to-visit-pak-on-baisakhi-28721

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Times of India – Sikh diaspora calls for Rwanda-style tribunal for 1984 anti-Sikh riots

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London – UK, 19 January 2020. The Sikh Federation UK (SFUK), an UK NGO, is joining forces with around 200 Sikh representatives from more than 20 countries to lobby the UN Security Council (UNSC) for a “Rwanda-style” international tribunal to investigate crimes during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots [not riots/Congress organised pogroms].

In 1995, the UNSC established the “International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)” to prosecute those responsible for genocide and other violations of international humanitarian law committed in Rwanda in 1994, which led to 93 indictments.

Last week, the Narendra Modi-led NDA government accepted the findings of the Supreme Court-appointed Justice S N Dhingra Committee, the latest of the 10 such other panels, which was scathing of the then Rajiv Gandhi government, judiciary, and Delhi Police, accusing them of not investigating anti-Sikh violence, while charging some police officers of conspiring with the perpetrators.

Bhai Amrik Singh, chair of SFUK, said: “Our experiences from the last 35 years and this latest report shows the police, politicians, and judiciary in India are corrupt to the core and the wheels of justice hardly turn.

It is therefore impossible to secure justice within the Indian system. We are confident in securing the support of the majority of the five members of the UN Security Council. It is the entire Indian machinery that must be put on trial in an international arena.”

Rami Ranger, chairman of the British Sikh Association, said he supports the initiative.

The SFUK is launching its new “collective platform” in Paris at the end of March and says it will allow for international co-ordination of a range of political activities around a shared global agenda.

Lord Singh, a British Sikh peer, said: “There should be a criminal investigation into 1984, there is no doubt. Many of us have been pressing for it for years. The Indian authorities aren’t doing it.”

But he said he could not see the UNSC entertaining it. “Britain, America, and Russia have all economic interests in India. It needs an independent inquiry. Britain would support a refusal to consider it. The UN can set it up but big global players should not be involved.”

He said, ideally, the India government should commission an independent inquiry.

“The Modi government can’t be blamed for 1984 but they could and should have launched an independent inquiry more on the lines of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (assembled in South Africa after apartheid) as to lessons learned and if there is criminal behaviour and people are still about, they should be punished.

“The Justice Dhingra Committee report has not done that. It needs clout. It has drawn attention to failings and abuse in a kind of academic way, but it is not enough. A proper inquiry should go further and look to punishment and lessons learned.

The punishment is not as important as to the cause and how it started because there is a feeling in the Sikh community that it started at the very top of the government and there is evidence of that and that has not been clarified.

I don’t know why the present government can’t pin the blame on those responsible from Rajiv Gandhi downwards. That is what makes it a genocide, the deliberate, planned extermination of a people of a certain religion, and that has not been investigated.”

Preet Kaur Gill, British Sikh MP, told TOI: “I welcome the BJP accepting the findings of the Special Investigation Team (SIT). We have seen many investigations take place, so I commend the BJP for pushing this.

Union minister Prakash Javadekar has called 1984 (anti-Sikh riots) [not riots/Congress organised pogroms], a genocide and it must be recognised as such,” she said, referring to the comments of Javadekar where he said: “What happened in 1984 was not just riots but the worst kind of genocide against the Sikhs”.

https://m.timesofindia.com/world/uk/sikh-diaspora-calls-for-rwanda-style-tribunal-for-1984-anti-sikh-riots/articleshow/73393507.cms

The Hindu – Women’s role in conflict resolution crucial, says UK envoy

Jagriti Chandra

New Delhi – India, 20 January 2020. Women’s participation in politics is essential to ensure policy-making is more inclusive and that the needs and concerns of women are better represented, UK’s Special Envoy for Gender Equality, Joanna Roper said.

Ms Roper, who was in India last week to attend the government’s Raisina Dialogue, met officials of the Ministry of Women and Child Development to discuss possible India-UK collaboration on gender equality issues. She also interacted with school and college students and British businesses operating in India, with whom she held talks on tackling sexual harassment in the garment sector.

Long term impact

Advocating a greater role for women in conflict resolution to ensure sustained peace, Ms Roper told The Hindu, “Supporting women and girls’ meaningful mobilisation and participation in political life, mediation, conflict prevention, peace-building and in post-conflict processes to rebuild their countries and communities, is essential to building lasting peace and stability.”

“The UK will pursue diplomatic policies at multilateral and bilateral level to influence and transform the political environment in fragile and conflict-affected states to enable and encourage the participation of women in decision-making and support initiatives to enable women to play leadership roles,” the UK’s first Special Envoy for Gender Equality added.

“Women account for a mere 2% of mediators, 8% negotiators and 5% witnesses to peace processes. But they make a real difference and ensure peace negotiations stick — 60% of such negotiations are less likely to fail and 35% more likely to last 15 years or more. There is really strong evidence that if you bring women together everyone benefits,” Mr (!?!?) Roper stressed.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/womens-role-in-conflict-resolution-crucial-says-uk-envoy/article30600793.ece