UN Appeal to Protect Human Rights in Punjab
During the past few days, the police and security forces have arrested and imprisoned hundreds of Sikhs arbitrarily without giving them the opportunity to defend themselves. I sent the following petition to the UN office and some other international authorities.
To March 24, 2023
Mr. António Guterres
United Nations Secretary-General
Subject: Case of Arbitrary Deprivation of Liberty, Human Rights Violations, and Ethnic Cleansing in Punjab, India.
Dear Mr. António Guterres,
I am a national award-winning journalist, social activist, and human rights defender based in New Delhi, India. Today, I have sent a petition (reproduced below) to Mr. Volker Türk, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights for his immediate intervention to protect the human rights of people in Punjab.
These people who mostly belong to the Sikh religion are facing extreme persecution and threats by the current Punjab Government in collusion with the Central government of India. During the past few days, the police and security forces have arrested and imprisoned hundreds of Sikhs arbitrarily without giving them the opportunity to defend themselves.
Internet services have been shut down in most parts of Punjab and local citizens who want to protest peacefully to get the arbitrarily arrested people released are facing severe police brutality and false police cases filed against them. The police are randomly searching the houses of residents and terrorizing them in order to suppress their voice against the state atrocities.
Although I have sent my petition (given below) to the UN Human Rights chief Mr. Volker Türk, I request you to take up this case on an urgent basis so that people – including men, women, children, and senior citizens – who need immediate assistance could be saved from persecution and harassment perpetrated by police and state administration.
You can click here to read the full petition. Request for immediate response.
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