US refuses to declare 1984 riots as genocide

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  1. nrj

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    Washington: In a jolt to pro-Khalistan groups in the US, the Obama Administration today refused to declare the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in India as genocide, but noted that grave human rights violations had occurred.

    The White House response in this regard came months after a section of the Sikh community in the US launched an online petition campaign urging the Obama Administration to recognise the 1984 riots as genocide.

    The petition created on November 15, 2012, had generated more than 30,000 signatures within weeks. Each petition that crosses the threshold of 25,000 signatures is reviewed and receive a response.

    "During and after the 1984 violence, the United States monitored and publicly reported on the grave human rights violations that occurred and the atrocities committed against members of the Sikh community," the White House response said.

    It noted that the US State Department's Official Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, for example, covered the violence and its aftermath in detail, with sections on political killings, disappearances, denial of fair public trials, negative effects on freedom of religion, and the government's response to civil society organizations investigating allegations of human rights violations.

    "We continue to condemn -- and more importantly, to work against - violence directed at people based on their religious affiliation. US Government efforts to protect the rights and freedoms of all people have long been a feature of our foreign policy. Our diplomats regularly report on and speak out against violence against minorities around the world," the White House said in response to the online petition.

    Expressing disappointment over the response, the proponents of the petition in a statement said that the Obama Administration "fails to take position on Sikh genocide".

    "The response ignores the recent discoveries of mass graves of Sikhs killed during 1984 and falls short of taking a position on the issue of Genocide," said a statement issued by Gurpatwant S Pannun, who heads the New York-based 'Sikh for Justice' group.

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    Good decision by Washington to not mess in Indias internal affairs on the instigation of anti India forces like the Khalistanis
     
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    Genocide is "the deliberate and systematic destruction of, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group"

    Indeed the Sikh riots was a huge inhuman surge where many innocent and defence Sikhs were killed. Indeed, it is reprehensible.

    Was it a "deliberate and systematic destruction of, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group" as Genocide is defined?

    Or was it a moment of mad and mindless frenzy, consequent to the assassination of a popular Prime Minister, encouraged by leaders of a particular political party the assassinated PM belonged to?
     
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    arnabmit Homo Communis Indus Senior Member

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    A narrow escape... Next time it might not be so if in the instigation of the extreme right Tamils we do mediate in SL internal matters.
     
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    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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    Also, this online petition process is a gimmick of the Obama administration..

    The way to petition the government is to write a congressman, not to click on a White House website.
     
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