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NO PLACE TO HIDE FOR THOSE THAT COMMIT CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
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By Jaspal Singh | Nov 1, 2008 - 1:48:47 PM
On Thursday 30 October 2008, on the eve of the 24th anniversary of the November 1984 genocide of Sikhs, Harvinder Singh Phoolka, a senior advocate in the Supreme Court of India told MPs in the UK Parliament that the 1984 genocide of Sikhs was the beginning of government sponsored violence against a particular minority community in India.
Despite being aware of the situation foreign governments and leaders did not take the issue seriously. They did not exert sufficient pressure on the Government of India and no actions were therefore forthcoming regarding the genocide of Sikhs. If this would have been nipped in the bud at that time and the guilty of 1984 had been punished, then the current situation of killing Christians with impunity would not have arisen.
In the last few weeks the USA, UK and Australian Governments have expressed their concerns to India over the continued anti-Christian violence. The French President on behalf of the 27 EU countries and civil society groups in the 53-nation Commonwealth have also raised their disquiet.
Harvinder Singh Phoolka addressing MPs from each of the three main political parties urged them to get the UK Government and nations across the globe to recognise that the violence against minority communities is in an act of state terrorism. MPs were told the Government of India must be forced by the international community to appreciate that communal violence targeting minorities is totally unacceptable.
At the Parliamentary event organised by the Sikh Federation (UK) and hosted by Rob Marris MP, the Chair All Party Parliamentary Group for UK Sikhs it was revealed that a coalition to campaign for a worldwide travel ban/boycott of those from India involved in torture, genocide and crimes against humanity had now been put in place. It is a powerful coalition comprising Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Liberty and the Redress Trust.
It was universally accepted that on the 24th anniversary of the November 1984 genocide of Sikhs that three of the key targets for the worldwide travel ban/boycott should be Jagdish Tytler, Sajan Kumar and Kamal Nath.
Kevin Laue a Zimbabwean human rights lawyer representing the Redress Trust explained the practical steps that needed to be taken and that work had already started to ensure their was the political will and liaise with the police to establish the level of proof required to implement the worldwide travel ban/boycott.