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Newsletter: November 30, 2009

RESOLUTION SUBMITTED BY SFJ & AISSF TO AKALI DAL MEMBERS, HARSIMRAT KAUR, RATAN SINGH AJNALA & PARAMJIT KAUR GULSAN

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Newsletter: November 25, 2009

NEWSPAPER COVERAGE:

  • http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS14060+24-Nov-2009+PRN20091124
  • http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/manmohan-singh----visiting-indian-premier-government-refused-prosecute/
  • http://washington.bizjournals.com/washington/prnewswire/press_releases/national/India/2009/11/23/DC16433
  • http://news.aol.com/article/manmohan-singh-visiting-indian-premier/781209
  • http://www.forbes.com/feeds/prnewswire/2009/11/23/prnewswire200911231936PR_NEWS_USPR_____DC16433.html
  • http://www.marketwatch.com/story/manmohan-singh-visiting-indian-premier-whose-government-has-refused-to-prosecute-the-perpetrators-of-november-1984-genocide-of-sikhs-says-sikhs-for-justice-2009-11-23
  • http://obama.einnews.com/article.php?nid=9348
  • http://religion.einnews.com/article.php?nid=5090
  • http://www.sys-con.com/node/1198734
  • http://uspolitics.einnews.com/article.php?nid=776883
  • http://www2.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=SHNSFOR.story&STORY=/www/story/11-23-2009/0005139442&EDATE=MON+Nov+23+2009,+07:36+PM

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Newsletter: November 22, 2009

NEWSPAPER COVERAGE:
· http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Sikh-groups-write-to-Obama-seek-justice-for-1984-victims/articleshow/5257261.cms
· http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/sikh-groups-write-to-obama-seek-justice-for-1984-victims_100278254.html
· http://week.manoramaonline.com/cgi-bin/MMOnline.dll/portal/ep/contentView.do?contentId=6294169&programId=1073754912&pageTypeId=1073754893&contentType=EDITORIAL
· http://www.newkerala.com/nkfullnews-1-155563.html
· http://www.zeenews.com/news581300.html
· http://www.indiaenews.com/india/20091122/233026.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:%20indiaenews%20(India%20eNews)

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Newsletter : November 20, 2009

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL APPEALS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA TO RAISE THE ISSUE OF NOVEMBER 1984 SIKH MASSACRE WITH PM MANMOHAN SINGH

THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF SIKHS FOR JUSTICE AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL APPEALS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA TO RAISE THE ISSUE OF NOVEMBER 1984 MASSACRE OF SIKHS DURING PRIME MINISTER MANMOHAN SINGH'S VISIT TO US

November 18, 2009
The Honorable Barack Obama

President of the United States

The White House 1600

Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

On behalf of Amnesty International USA, I urge you to candidly address human rights concerns in India during your upcoming meeting with the Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh and to press him to make substantive improvements. Prime Minister Singh will be the first leader to receive a state visit at the White House after you became the President. While you are honoring him with this state visit, Amnesty International urges you not to forget the plight of women, men and children who are facing numerous human rights abuses in India and to make public statements emphasizing that human rights are central to US-India relations.

Your meeting with Prime Minister Singh in the White House represents an opportunity for you to directly communicate your concerns about human rights in India. While you discuss economic cooperation and civilian nuclear partnership with the Indian Prime Minister, it is vital that you also raise human rights concerns affecting millions of Indian citizens.

Amnesty International strongly urges you to include human rights concerns in India in your joint communiqué with the Indian Prime minister Manmohan Singh and to address human rights concerns during your joint press conference with Prime Minister Singh. ---------

Some of the specific contexts in which mass abuses were or continue to be committed include: Mass killing of Sikhs: Over three thousand Sikhs were massacred when the governing Congress Party incited mob violence targeting Sikh civilians in reaction to the 1984 assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards. Scores of women were gang raped and some were burnt alive. After two decades, a judicial commission concluded that members of the governing Congress Party were involved.

Twenty five years have passed since the massacre, but only a few have been brought to justice for this mass killing. ----------

Mr. President, Amnesty International urges you to secure a meaningful commitment from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to improve India's human rights situation. It is essential that human rights be treated as an important issue like trade and civilian nuclear partnership.

At a minimum, we urge you to press Prime Minister Singh to take the following steps: -------- Justice: Bring to justice those involved in the mass killings of Sikhs---------

Mr. President, we urge you not to miss this opportunity to speak for those whose rights have been violated in India.

They need your help.

Sincerely,

Larry Cox

Executive Director