Sikh rights group to file plea to Obama on 1984 riots
Human rights group, Sikhs For Justice, will file a petition before the US President Barack Obama on December 15 urging the Obama administration to recognise November 1984 riots in India as 'genocide,' SFJ Legal Advisor Gurpatwant Singh Pannun said today.
The petition will be moved as per the right guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, Mr Pannun said.
He said the petition has already gone viral among the Sikh Diaspora in the United States as it has already been signed by more than 11,500 individuals since its launching. The online petition created on the White House Official website requires 25,000 signatures by December 15 to warrant a response from the President Obama.
The petition urges the Obama administration to fulfil its obligation under Article 1 of the UN Convention on genocide by recognizing the November 1984 riots as 'Sikh Genocide', he added.
Citing section 1091 of 18 USC and Article 2 of the UN Convention on Genocide, the petition argues that the intentional and deliberate nature of the attacks on Sikh lives, properties and places of worship during November 1984 makes them crime of 'Genocide', Mr Pannun said.
All India Sikh Students Federation President Karnail Singh Peermohammad said a signature campaign has already been launched in Punjab and Delhi and signatures are being obtained and soon will be sent to New York to SFJ.