Sikhs have a ‘good, arguable case’ for Khalistan, says human rights lawyers

India, as the world's largest democracy, should have the wisdom, maturity and humility to sit down and negotiate an independent Khalistan - Richard Rogers

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Richard Rogers at London Declaration on 12 Aug 2018 – Photo grab from Akal Channel

Sikhs have a ‘good, arguable case’ to stake a claim for an independent state in Punjab, an international human rights lawyers told a Sikh gathering in London.

“In my view, there is a good, arguable case. Yes, you do. You fall under two of the exceptions,” Richard Rogers told the London Declaration 2020 gathering at Trafalgar Square on 12 Aug 2018.

The event was organised by Sikhs For Justice, the human rights advocacy group which plans to hold a global referendum in 2020 to give the global Sikh community the chance to vote for the creation of an independent sovereign state of Khalistan.

When looked at from international law standpoint, Rogers said it recognises three exceptions where ‘peoples are allowed to break away from their parent state’.

He said the key questions for Sikhs at this stage is to determine if they fall under any of the exceptions that would allow them to lawfully succeed from India and create an independent state.

Rogers said he felt that Sikhs fall under two of the exceptions.

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“First, the independent Sikh state was conquered by the British in 1849 and it was handed over to the Indians. Ever since that, it has been subjugated, it has been dominated, and it has been exploited.

“Second, Sikhs have tried everything that they can do to create their own internal self determination within India but it has always been met with persecution and violence,” he said.

In his eight minute speech, Rogers said that the Sikhs deserve a chance to development as a people free from intimidation, persecution and violence.

“And if the only possible way to do that is by breaking away and creating a new state, then they have the international law on their side.

“India, as the world’s largest democracy, should have the wisdom, maturity and humility to sit down and negotiate an independent Khalistan,” he said.

An expert in international human rights and international criminal law, Richard advises governments, businesses, international organisations, or individuals facing legal challenges stemming from armed conflict or unstable environments, according to information at his firm website.

SFJ describes itself as a human rights organisation, striving to disseminate true and correct information, statistics, figures and data regarding the Genocide of Sikhs (1984-1997) that took place in India with particular emphasis on the genocidal events of November 1984.

With the support of Sikh community, SFJ is working to bring international community, international human organisations and governments to recognise the attacks on Sikhs (1984-98) as “Genocide” defined in Article 2 of U.N. Convention on Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

SFJ believes in and adheres to Universal Declaration of Human Rights and endeavors to create an environment in which minorities – regardless of race, religion, language, gender, or ethnicity – can freely exercise their right to “self determination” as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and United Nations Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, according to information at its Facebook page.

 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Bharat desh ke liye sikho ne apna khoon diya.par unhi iss desh ko khoon dene walo sikho ka 1984 me hi khoon unke pawitar isthan par katra katra kar diya. Aaj tak insaf na hi mila.i want khalistan

  2. Sikhs fought with India to get independence. It’s best for India to give Sikhs a big present to thank them for your support and sacrifices by giving them independence and sovereignty.
    This act of Hindustan will be well respected internationally without blood shed. A big big present indeed to the Sikhs.

  3. Sikhs were a minority and lost bigger Punjab in 1947. Then in 1966 in order to be a majority, Punjab was cut down to size in Indian Punjab. Now when Khalistan is created won’t the Sikhs be even in a smaller minority?

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