AMRITSAR: Sikhs of Europe under the banner of Movement Against Atrocities and Repression (MAAR ) met the president of United Nations Human Rights Council seeking his intervention for the release of Sikh leaders who were arrested on November 10th and were facing sedition charges.
The president of MAAR, Harminder Singh Khalsa told TOI over phone from Switzerland on Thursday late evening that they had also submitted a list of those arrested as well as those who have been charged including Sikhs from the USA, UK and Italy to the Council.
He further informed that a memorandum outlining in detail as to how the basic rights to freedom of speech had allegedly been violated, had already been submitted this month.
“The response by the United Nations has been positive,” said he. He further informed that on October 30, thousands of people from all faiths had gathered in front of the United Nations in Geneva to address concerns regarding recent alleged human rights violations in India.
“This was followed by a memorandum which was signed by over one hundred Gurdwara’s and delivered to the United Nations Secretary General and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in which seven issues were addressed,” said Khalsa.
He said some of the issues includes UN-led inquiry into the 1984 Sikh Genocide, prosecution of police officers involved in human rights violations in Punjab, release of Sikh political prisoners, recent attacks on the Sikh faith and killing of peaceful Sikh protesters.