Kent Washington (May 28th) Sikhs for Justice, a human right organization, based in New York held conference in Kent, Washington for propelling the Referendum 2020 campaign in high gear and promote awareness among Sikh masses in diaspora and Punjab.
The conference was highly successful. Sikhs are seeking to regain sovereignty of Punjab Khalistan by exercise of their right to self-determination through referendum in the year 2020.
In 1955 Indian government attacked Golden Temple Amritsar (the holiest Sikh Shrine) and Sikhs peacefully marching for the creation of Punjabi Suba (state) which was deliberately left out when states were created after Indian independence from the British in 1947. Indian government again attacked Golden Temple in June 1984 (Operation Blue Star) with tanks and helicopter killing thousands of innocent Sikh men, women and children pilgrims, and simultaneously attacked 37 other Gurdwaras to punish Sikhs physically and mentally so that they would never again ask for their rights. In November 1984 Indian government carried out the genocide of Sikhs killing more than 30, 000 Sikhs after the assassination of India Gandhi by her Sikh body-guards. Indian Government killed hundreds of thousands of Sikh youth in an operation code named Operation Woodrose after the Golden Temple attack in June 1984.
There is religious persecution going on in India till today against religious minorities including Sikhs, Christians and Muslims. India has denied visas to the members of United States Commission on International Religious Freedom three times and has not allowed access to the human rights organizations.
Sikhs for Justice are running campaign for Independence of Punjab-Khalistan, by peaceful means through referendum 2020.
United Nations Charter, chapter 1, section1, paragraph 2, supports referendum for self-determination. The right to self-determination was also affirmed in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966) and of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966) (common art.1). India has done her own similar referendums (including Junagarh 1947)
“We want to let the whole world, know that for sure this is a campaign for self-determination but it does not have any room for violence. There is not any terroristic activity being funded by the Sikhs” said SFJ legal advisor Gurpatwant Singh Pannun.
Sikhs who advocate for Khalistan, it is merely their political opinion and what they believe in and advocate for, and cannot be charged with violence or terrorism, no matter how unpleasant that opinion may be for India.
The Sikhs strongly believes that they have been the victims of the Indian terrorism and want to exercise their right of self-determination.