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Sikh delegation urged UNESCO to preserve the Hondh Massacre site as Genocidal Site under World Heritage Program

March 10, 2011 | By

Remains of Village Hondh - the site of Hondh Massacre (1984)

Remains of Village Hondh - the site of Hondh Massacre (1984)

New York (March 10, 2011): A delegation of Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) met and apprised Her Excellency Irina Bokova, Director General UNESCO on March 10 in New York about the discovery of “Mass Grave” of Sikhs in Hondh-Chillar, District Rewari, Haryana, India and submitted a written request asking UNESCO to preserve and manage the ruins of Hondh-Chillar as genocidal site under World Heritage Program. UNESCO is a body of UN that protects, preserves and manages sites across the world including India.

According to Tejkaran Kaur Bains, Youth Coordinator SFJ who presented Memorandum to the Director General Her Excellency Irina Bokova on March 10, since UNESCO is mandated to protect ruins and sites across the world, SFJ has approached UNESCO to manage and preserve the ruins of Village Hondh-Chillar, before they are completely destroyed just like many such sites across India where Sikhs were attacked and killed in November 1984.

From New York, Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal advisor to SFJ, stated that in November 1984 Sikh localities across India were attacked in manner identical to Hondh-Chillar, however, as a well planned cover up, remains and ruins of almost all other such sites were either cleansed or rebuilt in order to purge the traces of genocidal attacks on Sikhs carried out during November 1984. To make sure that forlorn debris of Hondh-Chillar, a living paradigm of Sikh genocide, is not destroyed, SFJ has approached UNESCO to step in and preserve the remains of Hondh-Chillar, added attorney Pannun.
Highlighting the importance of this move, attorney Pannun further stated that not only UNESCO has authority and mandate to take charge of remains of village Hondh-Chillar, but India is also bound to cooperate and allow UNESCO to preserve such sites pursuant to the Convention ratified by India on November 14, 1977.

SFJ have invited reputable archeologists from Europe and North America who have worked on Jewish Holocaust sites and Armenian Genocide sites to seek expert guidance in preserving Hondh-Chillar Genocidal site. Jatinder Singh Grewal, SFJ Coordinator-Canada will accompany the team of foreign archeologists visiting Hondh-Chillar at the request of SFJ to survey and give recommendations for preservation of Hondh-Chillar Genocide ruins.

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