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SIKHS TO HOLD TRUTH RALLY IN TORONTO ON JUNE 10, 2011 DURING SAD (BADAL) CONGRESS-I LEADERS VISIT

Canadian Sikh community will be holding a "Truth Rally" on June 10, 2011 during SAD (Badal) and Congress-I leaders ’s visit to Toronto. The purpose of the rally is to highlight the ongoing atrocities, torture and killing of Sikhs in India by the SAD-Badal and Congress-I regimes. Sikhs in India still lack fundamental rights, they regularly suffer persecution, torture, beatings and killings at the hands of the police. The truth rally will focus on the recent incidents of torture  killings, cane charge and brutal beating of women by the police in Punjab under the administration of visiting SAD-Badal leader Sukhbir Singh Badal.  

According to Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal advisor to Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), "SAD (Badal) and Congress-I regimes have severely oppressed the fundamental rights and freedom of Sikhs. As of today, several Human Rights Activists have been put behind bars by the government of Sukhbir Singh Badal on trumped up charges in order to muffle the voices against continuing human rights abuses. When it comes to torture, extra judicial killing of Sikhs, human rights violations and denial of fundamental freedoms, Congress-I and SAD (Badal) are found hand in glove and continuously protect each other" added attorney Pannun.

Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar, a former professor of Guru Nanak Engineering College Ludhiana, Punjab, has been sentenced to death by a split decision of the Supreme Court of India under the pressure of Congress (I). Prof. Bhullar has been convicted on the sole basis of a confessional statement given by him during the custody of police through torture and the threat of death. India is not a signatory to UN Convention Against Torture and it is well known that Indian police tortures people under its custody to extract confession. Prof. Bhullar ’s conviction and his planned execution is against well established fundamental principle of justice which requires "beyond reasonable doubt" and endorses extracting of confessions through torture stated attorney Pannun. Prof. Bhullar ’s sentence if executed will violate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which guarantees protection of life to all human beings.

According to Jatinder Singh Grewal, Youth Coordinator SFJ Canada, "the state of India has refused to ratify the UN Convention against Torture yet we continue to do business with this nation.  It is time our business community lived up to Canadian values and stopped thinking only of the bottom line.  The Badal regime has continuously tortured and killed Sikhs with little or no fear of the international community.  By doing business with them today, Canada will be complicit in this horrendous behavior.  We must stand up for Canadian values, we must stand up against these killers".

Amarjit Singh Mann, spokesman for the Ontario Gurdwaras Committee stated, "The Badal government has consistently murdered any Sikh who asked for equality and or justice.  Today this ruthless killer is being allowed into Canada on the hopes of increasing business.  Canadians find it unacceptable that the some business people and politicians have started to value the dollar more than they value human life.  This is completely against Canadian values and we will have our voices of decent heard on June 10th".

In a joint statement Avtar Singh Punia and Satnam Singh on behalf of United Front of Sikhs stated, Sikhs in India have suffered and persecuted under the rule of Congress-I and SAD-Badal. Sikhs demand that SAD-Badal which is ruling State of Punjab and Congress-I which is ruling party of India should stop the practice of impunity.

 

 

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