27 January, 2021

‘Sikh Victims Of ’84 Won’t Get Justice In India’

Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the man behind 'Sikhs For Justice' on the group's motivations and methods and on internationalising the Sikh issue.

‘Sikh Victims Of ’84 Won’t Get Justice In India’

When the CBI filed its first closure report in 2007 in the case against Congressman Jagdish Tytler for his alleged involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, stating that the witnesses could not be traced, a group of US-based Sikh lawyers helped trace some witnesses. They then formed a human rights advocacy group called the Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) that claims to fight for a sovereign Sikh state, not with violence, but through internationally accepted legal means. In the last few years, the SFJ has tried unsuccessfully to haul prominent Congress leaders like Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, Kamal Nath and even the Congress party before US courts for allegedly sheltering those responsible for the riots. In November 2013, the SFJ petiti­oned the UNHRC in Geneva to have the 1984 killings classified as genocide. And last August, ahead of Barack Obama’s visit to India, it started an online petition—‘We the People’—urging the US president to cancel his September meeting with Narendra Modi for “perpetrating...



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