Sikh bodies urge UN to set up probe tribunal
Six Sikh organisations submitted a complaint to United Nations’ human rights body seeking a tribunal to investigate alleged crimes by the Indian government during Operation Bluestar in June 1984 and also urged it to condemn the operation.
The plaint, submitted to Ivan Simonovic, assistant secretary general of human rights at UN, said with the recent revelations about UK’s involvement in Operation Bluestar, it becomes even more pressing that UN must intervene and investigate the crimes committed by India during the operation.
The plaint has been submitted by Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), All Indian Sikh Students Federation, Simranjit Singh Mann-led SAD (Amritsar), Swiss-based Movement Against Atrocities And Repression, Supreme Sikh Council of Australia, UK-based Sewa 84 and two dozen other Sikh organisations have also endorsed it.
The Sikh bodies urged the UN to set up a probe team on the lines of international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to inquire into alleged crimes by the government.
Sikhs hold huge rally before UN
NEW YORK – Sikh-Americans have staged a big demonstration near the United Nations to mark the 30th anniversary of the massive Indian Army attack on their holiest religious site – the Golden Temple in Amritsar – chanting vociferous slogans in favour of independence for the people of Indian Punjab.
The Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), a civil rights group, which sponsored the demonstration, also announced plans for a sovereignty referendum within the Sikh diaspora in 2020 to accomplish their objective of an independent homeland.
“Sikhs Want Their Independence” was their main slogan as demonstrators waved anti-Indian placards and shouted slogans under clear blue skies. “We want the international community to break its silence on the oppression of Sikhs in India and the denial of their right to self- determination in (Indian) Punjab,”
Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, SJF’s legal advisor, told more than 2,500 compatriots.
Organizers said the “Referendum 2020” .would ask the Sikh diaspora to esxpress their opinion on a statement that says, “I aspire for the formation of a sovereign and independent country in Indian occupied Punjab, on the basis that Sikhs are the indigenous people of Punjab, have a historical homeland, a separate religion and have the right to self-determination”.
New York—-on Friday in front of UN Plaza New York.
Ajmer Singh Randhawa.