World Sikh Or­ga­ni­za­tion dis­ap­pointed by lack of com­mem­o­ra­tion of 1984 Sikh Geno­cide by Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau and other lead­ers

Asian Journal - - BRITISH COLUMBIA -

In Novem­ber 2017, In­dian Min­is­ter of State for Hous­ing and Ur­ban Af­fairs, Hardeep Singh Puri also re­ferred to the events of Novem­ber 1984 as a “geno­cide”.

Most re­cently, on July 20, 2018, Ra­j­nath Singh again, in the In­dian Par­lia­ment or Lok Sabha, re­ferred to the mas­sacre of Sikhs as a “geno­cide”. On June 30, 2015, The Delhi Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly unan­i­mously passed the fol­low­ing mo­tion:

“This House strongly con­demns the Sikh geno­cide hap­pened 30years back in Novem­ber 1984 and pays homage to the peo­ple killed.”

WSO Pres­i­dent Mukhbir Singh said on Tues­day, “we are deeply dis­ap­pointed that both Prime Min­is­ter Trudeau and On­tario Pre­mier Doug Ford’s did not com­mem­o­rate the 1984 Sikh Geno­cide. The 1984 Sikh Geno­cide is an is­sue that con­tin­ues to mat­ter to Sikh Cana­di­ans. Thou­sands of Sikhs were killed across In­dia in po­lit­i­cally or­ches­trated mas­sacres. Those re­spon­si­ble for plan­ning and or­ga­niz­ing the killings have never been brought to jus­tice. Canada can play an im­por­tant role in achiev­ing truth and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion for the vic­tims of the 1984 Sikh geno­cide by en­cour­ag­ing In­dia to pros­e­cute those re­spon­si­ble. We fail to un­der­stand why Prime Min­is­ter Trudeau was able to is­sue a state­ment in 2014 but has not done so since be­com­ing Prime Min­is­ter. Sim­i­larly, the On­tario Leg­is­la­ture rec­og­nized the 1984 Sikh Geno­cide through a mo­tion that was sup­ported by the PC Party just last year. It is dis­ap­point­ing that nei­ther Pre­mier Ford nor any mem­ber of his cau­cus is­sued a state­ment to mark this tragic event. The si­lence from our lead­ers on the Sikh Geno­cide is deaf­en­ing.”

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