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Extra Judicial Killing: After 31 years, CBI Court Jails Ex-Officer of Punjab Police

On 30 March 2024 in a 32-year-old case, a Special CBI court sentenced recently ex-SP Amarjit Singh to 10 years imprisonment for the abduction of Balwinder Singh of village Jhabal, Tarn Taran.

Police Crackdown on Sikh Activists Across Punjab Ahead of Gathering in Amritsar

Punjab police have launched a massive crackdown on Sikh activists ahead of Pathic Ekatarta (gathering) at Sri Amritsar today (17th of March).

Canada Must Condemn India’s Violent Crackdown Against Farmers: BCGC & OGC Write to Canadian Foreign Minister

British Columbia Gurdwaras Council (BCGC) has written a letter to the Canadian Foreign Minister (copy available with Sikh Siyasat News) to raise concerns regarding paramilitary troop mobilization by India at the East-Punjab-Haryana state boundaries and the alleged repression of farmer activists.

Subhkaran Singh (22) Died Fighting for Debt Waiver, Better Price; Family Debt of 10 Lakh Stands

A death underlines the small farmers’ struggle for fair income in a so-called Punjab of agricultural prosperity. Shubhkaran Singh, 22, leaves behind a family that had to sell off an acre of its 3.5-acre land to run the household and marry off its eldest daughter. He’s gone, while the loan waiver he fought for hasn’t come.

Youth Murdered in Offensive Firing by State Forces at Khanauri Barrier: Eyewitnesses

Farmer leader, Baldev Singh Sirsa, confirmed today that a 21-year old activist was murdered by police bullets at Khanauri today.

Sikh Message on International Human Rights Day (10 December 2023)

Sikhs worldwide have been urged to observe #BlackTurbanDay on 10 December 2023 to mark the 75th anniversary of one of the world's most ground breaking global pledges: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Mark 10 Dec as “Black Turban Day” to Oppose India’s Transnational Repression: Sikh Lawyer

A Sikh lawyer and human rights activist Advocate Jaspal Singh Manjhpur has given a call to the global Sikh community to mark 10 December as Black Turban Day. Notably, 10th December marks the annual International Human Rights Day and the United Nations theme on this day for 2023 is “Freedom, Equality and Justice for All”.

Former R&AW Chief Samant Goel’s Name Reported in 128 Cases of Enforced Disappearances in Punjab: Ensaaf’s Dossier

Ensaaf has released its complete dossier on former Punjab police official Samant Kumar Goel, who- according to Ensaaf, bears responsibility for at least 127 disappearances and unlawful killings when he served as SSP during the 1980s and 1990s in Punjab.

1992 Fake Encounter Case: After 31 Years Cop Convicted for Framing False Records

A Mohali court on Friday (27 October) pronounced judgment in another 1992 fake encounter case and convicted one former police official for preparing false records. 

Deteriorating Human Rights Situation in India Urgently Requires a Special Rapporteur: Sikh Groups Urge UN

Sikh representatives from across the globe will be holding a rally in Geneva outside the United Nations on Friday 13 October from 1-4pm.

Human Rights Defender Justice Ajit Singh Bains Passes Away at 99

Former judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court and a veteran human rights defender Justice (Retd.) Ajit Singh Bains passed away yesterday (February 11, 2022). He was 99 years of age and was living in Chandigarh.

31 Years After Enforced Disappearance Killing of A Sikh Youth, Cops Sentenced to 10 Years Imprisonment for Abduction

Chandigarh: A special CBI Court of Harinder K. Sidhu on 31st of January 2022 convicted former Inspector Major Singh, then SHO of police station Sadar, ...

Dal Khalsa Dedicates 72nd Anniversary of Human Rights Day to Farmers and Political Prisoners

Dal Khalsa has dedicated this year’s World Human Rights Day (WHRD) to the rights of farmers and political prisoners from Kashmir to Punjab to central India.

AULReP Stands in Solidarity with Kisaans (Farmers) and Workers in Punjab and India

Alberta Union of Labour Relations Professionals (AULReP) firmly express its solidarity with the over 250 million kisaans (farmers) and workers who have been on strike and have taken various peaceful actions in India against the Government of India's capitalist reforms. AULReP also firmly condemns the violent repression of kisaans, workers, and trade unionists in India by the Indian government and its armed forces.

Canadian Union of Postal Workers Support Indian Farmers Fight Against Draconian Laws

Farmers in India are rising to protest three new laws adopted in their country that have important ramifications for the average Indian farmer. Essentially, this set of bills eases restrictions on corporate interests like those of Monsanto and penalizes millions of small independent farmers in the process. 

Farmers in India and the Fundamental Right to Protest: International Human Rights Day 2020

Weeks of protests by farmers from Punjab and Haryana intensified against three controversial farming laws which abolish Minimum Support Pricing (MSP) for farmers, led to a call for protestors to make their way to the national capital Delhi. On the 8th of December the protests had spread with farmers across India leading a country wide strike and shut down (band). Many of these poor and marginalised farmers, battled against the onset of winter amidst a world-wide pandemic travelling the 500km by foot, on tractors, scooters and other vehicles.

Australia’s Stop Adani Movement Stands in Solidarity with Protesting Punjabi & Indian Farmers

Farmers peaceful protest on the borders of Delhi has been catching attention and solidarity of the global community. Foreign officials and people's movements are expressing their solidarity and support for farmers who are calling for roll back of Indian government's new farm laws.

The Valiant – Jaswant Singh Khalra: New Book Launched

Partnership in Promoting Punjabi Art and Literature (PIPPAḶ) - a U.S. nonprofit formed to popularize Punjabi language and heritage amongst young generation launched the dual-language editions of its book on the life of Jaswant Singh Khalra — for children and youth.

Amnesty International India Halts Its Work In India; Cites Reprisal From Government Of India

The complete freezing of Amnesty International India’s bank accounts by the Government of India which it came to know on 10 September 2020, brings all the work being done by the organization to a grinding halt. The organisation has been compelled to let go of staff in India and pause all its ongoing campaign and research work. This is latest in the incessant witch-hunt of human rights organizations by the Government of India over unfounded and motivated allegations, Amnesty International India said today.

Interim Bail for Sumedh Saini on Likelihood of Addition of Murder Clause in Balwant Singh Multani Case

Indian system took 29 years to register the first information report (FIR) against former Punjab cop Sumedh Saini in a case related to enforced disappearance of a Sikh youth named Balwant Singh Multani in 1991. But soon after registration of FIR Sumedi Saini twice got bail in the same case.

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