MEDIA ADVISORY: SIKHS MARCH FOR JUSTICE AT THE UNITED NATIONS
Sikhs for Justice to Hold March and Rally in NYC On India’s 73rd Independence Day
WHAT: March, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.: from Permanent Mission of India (E. 43rd St/2nd Ave) to UN Headquarters (E. 47th St/1st Ave)
Rally and Khalistan Flag Raising, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.: @ UN Headquarters, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 47th St/1st Ave, NYC
WHY: To highlight the human rights abuses of Sikhs in Punjab by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, as well as the Sikhs right to self-determination in India under the UN Charter.
WHEN: India’s Independence Day, Thursday, August 15 from 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
History of India's Occupation of Sikh Homeland-Punjab and
The case for "Sikh Referendum 2020"
Denial of Religious Identity — Sikhism is a separate and district religion and is acknowledged as such throughout the world, except in India where Explanation II to Article 25 of the Constitution labels Sikhs as Hindus. Sikhs in India are subjected to various family and personal laws of Hinduism.
Denial of Political Rights — Article 1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966) which provides that “All peoples have the right of self-determination”, is equally applicable to Sikhs living in India. However, Sikhs in India have not only been denied this right, but the Indian Government also punished Sikhs by:
June 1984 – the massacre at the Golden Temple during military action in which more than 10,000 Sikh pilgrims were killed.
November 1984 – the organized killing of over 30,000 Sikhs and burning of Sikh Gurudwaras; and
1984-98 - the extra-judicial killing of over 100,000 Sikhs in the name of "counter-insurgency operations" carried out to suppress the demand for the right to self-determination.
Econocide — In 1966 Indian government divided the state of Punjab weakening the numerical strength of Sikhs and taking away control over the irrigation water resources of Punjab leaving the Sikh farmers in an impoverished condition which is growing day by day. During the past decade, more than 60,000 farmers of Punjab have committed suicide.