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Sikh groups to organize sovereignty conference on Aug 17 in Canada

August 13, 2013 06:20 PM

CHANDIGARH: Sikhs for Justice with the support of various international human rights groups, Sikh organizations and Gurdwara committees across Canada is holding "Sikh Sovereignty and Genocide Conference" on August 17 in Surrey, BC.


The conference would highlight the right of Sikhs to self-determination as guaranteed under the  Universal Declaration of Human Rights and United Nations Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.


Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal advisor to Sikhs for Justice, said in Vancouver the conference would focus on the history of Sikh Genocide starting from June 1984.


"While India will be celebrating 66th independence anniversary, we will spread awareness and educate international community about the usurpation of religious identity of Sikhs under Indian constitution, denial of right to self-determination and genocidal attacks on Sikhs population of India," he said.


He said in recent times, India had been propagating that Canadian Sikhs were  promoting terrorism and violence and pressurizing the Canadian government to curb  their activities. Prime Minister  Harper, during his last visit to India made his government's position very clear by stating that "violence and terrorism cannot be confused with the right of Canadians to hold and promote their political views."


Citing the 1980 and 1995 examples of Canadian referendums to determine the demand for separation and sovereignty from Canada by the Province Quebec, Jatinder Singh Grewal, Director SFJ, stated that "India should recognize Sikhs' right to self-determination and recognize Sikhs as an independent nation."


Pannun said usurpation of separate Sikh identity in Indian Constitution; genocidal attacks on Sikhs and continuous impunity to security forces responsible for extra judicial killing of Sikhs justify the Sikhs' demand for right to self-determination.


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