NEW YORK CITY (TIP): Hundreds of Sikhs from North America converged at the UN headquarters, November 7, to highlight the denial of justice and continuous impunity to Indian political leaders involved in the 1984 genocidal violence.” Sikhs For Justice submitted a report to the United Nations explaining the 1984 Sikh Genocide. On the 30th anniversary of November 1984 massacre of Sikhs in Delhi and other parts of India, US-based human rights group “Sikhs For Justice” submitted a report to UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon on the genocidal violence against the community.
“The report ‘1984 Sikh Genocide’ carried details of the preplanned and deliberate killings of the Sikhs in 19 states of India, eyewash investigations by 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.” 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).
The complaint, with support of more than million signatures, was filed with UNHRC on November 1, 2013. If the UN 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 the genocide. “The victims and the community are going to the international forum after the Indian establishment failed the victims and justice was denied to them,” Legal advisor to Sikhs For Justice, Gurpatwant Singh Pannun said.
A statement by the Sikhs For Justice said, “The Indians believed they could commit genocide against Sikhs and no one would know. But together we have proved them wrong!!! The truth will never be silenced!!” The refrain was: do justice; punish the guilty of the “Sikh genocide: Hang the guilty. The effigies of Tytler, Kamal Nath, Amitabh Bachchan and Sajjan Kumar were hung near the podium. Another notable aspect was the raising of demand for Sikh Homeland. Demonstrators carried placards reading: “Sikhs want Independence; “Sikh Referendum 2020”