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Kesri Lehar to submit petition to UK Prime Minister

Posted on Dec 08, 08:02PM | UNI

The Kesri Lehar (The Wave for Justice) will submit its human rights petition with 1,18,000 signatures to the United Kingdom Prime Minister's Office on December 10 to coincide with UN designated Human Rights Day.

This will be a historic occasion as a mass petition of this size has never been presented by the Punjabi community residents in the UK.

The campaign has widespread support of many Sikh Gurdwaras and other respected institutions. This petition is a voice for those that have been silenced by India's continual systematic abuse of human rights. This was stated here today by All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) President Karnail Singh Peer Mohamed.

A large contingent of Kesri Lehar campaigners are expected from all over the country. The supporters travelling from far afield as Huddersfield, Leeds, Leicester, Birmingham, Coventry, Southall, Slough, East London, Gravesend, Southampton, Cardiff - will assemble at Richmond Terrace (opposite Downing Street) London at 1400 hrs.

As per Sikh tradition a special Sikh prayer/supplication 'the Ardas' will be conducted at 1420 hrs, immediately before the official six-person delegation set off to submit the petition of the Kesri Lehar to 10, Downing Street (Prime Minister's Office).

The delegation includes: the world's oldest marathon runner, the 100 year-old Baba Fauja Singh; Dan Jones of Amnesty International (London); Maggie Bowden, the General Secretary of Liberation (Human Rights Group); Iqbal Singh of Panjabi Human Rights Internet; Father Yaqoob Khushi Pastor of the Asian Christian Fellowship will represent VOID (Voice of International Dalits); and Baldeesh Kaur a local activist and together they represent the various factions which constitute the Kesri Lehar in the UK.

To show political solidarity various cross party MPs will also accompany this important Human Rights petition right up to the Prime Minister David Camerons door at 10 downing street.

A public meeting is also scheduled to be held in committee room number 12 of House of the Commons from 1530 hrs to 1830 hrs on December 10. Many MPs and guest speakers from various minority groups and human rights organisations will address the event.

Over 80 MPs, Lords and the supporters of the campaign will take this opportunity to build momentum to invoke a debate in the House of Commons requesting the UK Government to use their friendly relations and urge India to end and redress the decades of abuse of human rights, which has taken countless lives of innocent citizens.