Nov 19, 2021: The separatist group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) has announced that thousands of Sikhs from across Europe will travel to Geneva to take part in the Khalistan referendum vote during next month’s UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) meeting.
Addressing a press conference under the famous broken chair outside the UN building in central Geneva, SFJ leaders announced that voting would take place on December 10 in Geneva, inspired by “equality” – the 2021 UN theme of Human Rights Day.
Sikh leaders gathered in Geneva to make the announcement including Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Attorney for Law and General Counsel for the SFJ. Paramjit Singh Puma, Khalistan Referendum UK-EU Coordinator; And Duoinderjit Singh, SFJ Coordinator for UK-EU.
“Leading up to the December10 Khalistan Referendum voting in Geneva, we will approach the country representatives stationed there to submit ‘India’s Criminalisation of Khalistan Referendum’ — a report on the Narendra Modi government’s ongoing suppression in India and abroad, of the SFJ’s democratic initiative which is in complete consonance with UDHR, ICCPR, and the UN Charter,” said Pannun.
“In November 1984, India used voter lists to commit genocide of Sikhs. In 2021, Sikhs are using the voter lists for freedom”, said Pannun, who is camping in Geneva to coordinate the Khalistan Referendum voting.
He announced that voting in Geneva would be overseen by the Punjab Referendum Commission (PRC) – a panel of leading independent experts on direct democracy – which has so far held three rounds of referendums in the UK.
Pama, meanwhile, said the SFJ’s ongoing vote on Khalistan would likely be the third separatist vote in Europe since the Scottish and Catalan referendums. He said tens of thousands of Sikhs had come to Britain in three phases to express their hatred of the “genocide” perpetrated against Sikhs by the Indian state since partition.
Moreover, Duoinderjit said that the Indian government wants millions of Sikhs around the world to “forget about the genocide of tens of thousands of Sikhs, but for Sikhs, that’s not an option”.
“India has been persistent in trying to eradicate Sikh history, culture, and religion. We have to resist that at all levels and our campaign will continue for the creation of Khalistan for Sikhs.”
The Khalistan Referendum voting, which kick-started on October 31 in London, will continue to take place across the UK throughout the month of November and on the weekend, Leicester will see British Sikhs coming out to cast their votes for the creation of an independent Khalistan state through the non-binding but highly important referendum.
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