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Comments by Simranjit Singh Mann:

Indian Express 12th September 2017

Comments by Simranjit Singh Mann: 

Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) states that we wish to inform Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights that our party condemns the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas from Burma. As a result of our pain we have written letters to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in Delhi and the Chairman of the Human Rights Commission in Delhi, explaining the international law and the constitutional provisions laid down in the Indian constitution, whereby the Hindu state in Delhi has to respect these international obligations.

We are reproducing the two letters we have written to the Supreme Court and the Commission in Delhi:

Quilla S Harnam Singh,

Distt. Fatehgarh Sahib,

Punjab (India),

Pin Code- 140406

Dated- 08th September 2017

Your Lordship Chief Justice Misra,

Fateh,

I wish to bring to Your Lordships notice about the plight of the Rohingya Muslim’s in Burma. They are being slaughtered in their hundreds and their children are also suffering from thirst, hunger, starvation and homelessness. My party and I would humbly pray that they be given refuge in this country as refugees, as, if they are deported from this country, will run foul of the principle of non-refoulement. Besides this article 14.1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights clearly and unambiguously states that:

“Everyone has the right to seek and enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.”

 The Declaration on Territorial Asylum (1967) describes the principles on which states should base themselves in their practices relating to territorial asylum. One of the principles is non-refoulement: “the prohibition to forcibly send back a person to a country that is dangerous for the asylum-seeker.

This country has always been the home of the refugees and as Article 51 of the constitution empowers Your Lordship to allow these pitiful refugees into the country and protect them from deportation, my party the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and I would be highly grateful to Your Lordship of saving such a large people fleeing state terror to stay in this country till some sort of a legal system is established in Burma, which will ensure their protection, safety and a honourable livelihood.

With regards,

Yours Sincerely,

Simranjit Singh Mann,

President,

Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar).

His Lordship Justice Dipak Misra,

Honourable Designate Chief Justice of the Supreme Court,

Supreme Court,

New Delhi.

Quilla S Harnam Singh,

Distt. Fatehgarh Sahib,

Punjab (India),

Pin Code- 140406

Dated- 08th September 2017

Dear Chairman,

Fateh,

I wish to bring to Your Lordships notice about the plight of the Rohingya Muslim’s in Burma. They are being slaughtered in their hundreds and their children are also suffering from thirst, hunger, starvation and homelessness. My party and I would humbly pray that they be given refuge in this country as refugees, as if they are deported from this country, will run foul of the principle of non-refoulement. Besides this article 14.1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights clearly and unambiguously states that:

“Everyone has the right to seek and enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.”

 The Declaration on Territorial Asylum (1967) describes the principles on which states should base themselves in their practices relating to territorial asylum. One of the principles is non-refoulement: “the prohibition to forcibly send back a person to a country that is dangerous for the asylum-seeker.

This country has always been the home of the refugees and as Article 51 of the constitution empowers Your Lordship to allow these pitiful refugees into the country, my party the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and I would be highly grateful to Your Lordship of saving such a large people fleeing state terror to stay in this country till some sort of a legal system is established in Burma, which will ensure their protection, safety and a honourable livelihood.

With regards,

Yours Sincerely,

Simranjit Singh Mann,

President,

Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar).

Honourable Chairman,

National Human Rights Commission,

New Delhi.

We would also like to inform United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights that though our party has struggled for the last thirty years to have the following UN Human Right Treaties, Covenants and Protocols ratified and reduced into the country’s laws by the Hindu Indian state, we have failed so far. These Treaties, Covenants and Protocols which the Hindu state refuses to recognize are as follows:

UN Human Rights treaties, protocols and covenants:-

1. 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

2. 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.

3. 1954 Convention relating to Status of Stateless Persons.

4. 1960 Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.

5. 1965 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

6. 1966 Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

7. 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees. It is because there are still 30,000 Sikh Stateless refugees in Kashmir since 1947.

8. 1972 Treaty on the Limitation of Anti-Ballistic Missile System.

9. 1972 Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. If this Convention had been followed, neither the Darbar Sahib, (the Golden Temple at Amritsar) nor Babri Masjid would have been reduced to rubble. Presently the Taj Mahal is in danger of being pulled down by the same fanatics who have destroyed the monuments mentioned above. 10. 1984 Convention against Torture and other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

11. 1984 Safeguard and guaranteeing protection of the Rights of those facing the death penalty.

12. 1995 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

13. 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

14. 1997 Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of anti-Personnel Mines and their Destruction (the Ottawa Convention on the abolition of   landmines).

15. 2001 Rome Statute, by virtue of which the International Criminal Court has been set up at the Hague.

16. 2010 The Convention on Cluster Munitions prohibits all use, stockpiling, production and transfer of Cluster Munitions.

We do hope the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights will put his administrative clout to bring the Hindu Indian state within the ambit of practicing international Human Rights practices.

The Hindu Indian state is lobbying hard to become a member of the UN Security Council but at the same time refuses to recognize UN obligations.

Since 1984 the Hindu theocratic state has committed the genocide of the stateless Sikh peoples and is currently going hammer and tongs to repeat the same abominable crime on the Kashmiri’s and Naga’s. Will Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein intervene and take cognizance of the crime of genocide perpetrated on the Sikh stateless people?

Simranjit Singh Mann

(simranjitsinghmann@yahoo.com )

 

 

 

 

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