Wednesday, December 8, 2021
ADVT 
International

UK Government Distances Itself From Pro-Khalistan Rally In London

IANS, 20 Aug, 2018 02:14 PM
    The UK government has distanced itself from the issue of a pro-Khalistan rally organised by Sikh separatist groups at London's Trafalgar Square earlier this month.
     
     
    The so-called 'London Declaration on Referendum 2020' rally, organised by Sikhs for Justice on August 12, triggered a diplomatic row as India had warned the UK to take bilateral ties into consideration before allowing groups that "propagate violence, secessionism and hatred" to demonstrate.
     
     
    "Although we allowed the protest to take place, this should not be taken as expressing a view either in support or against. We are clear that this is a question for the people and government of India," a UK government source said.
     
     
    The comment followed reports of letters exchanged between Sikhs for Justice and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on the "campaign for Sikh self-determination".
     
     
    Turning down the prospect of a "short meeting" sought by Sikhs for Justice with UK government representatives to raise concerns of the Sikh community, the FCO said it "encouraged all involved parties to resolve any differences through dialogue".
     
     
    "The UK is rightly proud of the long-standing tradition in this country that people are free to gather together and demonstrate their views," the letter dated August 17 from the unnamed 'Desk Officer for India' at the FCO states.
     
     
    "The British government acknowledges the strength of feeling in the Sikh community regarding the events of 1984, including events at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. We encourage all states to ensure that their domestic laws meet international human rights standards," it adds.
     
     
    Sikhs for Justice, which hailed its announcement of a global non-binding referendum on so-called "Punjab Independence" in November 2020 at the rally, described the FCO response as "very encouraging".
     
     
    "The response of the UK's Foreign Office on pro-Khalistan rally is very encouraging and we will continue to engage foreign governments on the issue of Sikhs right of self-determination and demand to hold referendum to determine the status of Punjab," said Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal adviser to the group.

    MORE International ARTICLES

    Indian-Origin Man In South African Held For Killing Cousin Over Fight On TV Remote

    Indian-Origin Man In South African Held For Killing Cousin Over Fight On TV Remote

    A South African Indian-origin man has been charged with murder for allegedly shooting dead his cousin during a heated argument over a TV remote control, police said.

    Indian-Origin Man In South African Held For Killing Cousin Over Fight On TV Remote

    Australian High Commission Warns Indians Against Visa Scam

    In what seems to be erupting into a major visa scam, Indians have been warned against an employment agency reportedly fleecing them with the promise of a work visa for Down Under.

    Australian High Commission Warns Indians Against Visa Scam

    Sukhpal Khaira Made President Of Punjab AAP Rebels

    Sukhpal Khaira Made President Of Punjab AAP Rebels
    Dissident Aam Aadmi Party leader Sukhpal Khaira was made ad-hoc president the party’s rebel faction, the leader announced on Monday.

    Sukhpal Khaira Made President Of Punjab AAP Rebels

    Imran Khan Moves In To Military Secretary's Home, Cuts Down On Perks

    Imran Khan, announcing a series of austerity measures to cut down the expenditure during his maiden address to the nation late last night, said that he wanted to live in his own house in Banigala "but was told by security agencies that my life was under threat which is why I am living here".

    Imran Khan Moves In To Military Secretary's Home, Cuts Down On Perks

    New Zealand Trying To Attract More Indian Students: Envoy

    New Zealand Trying To Attract More Indian Students: Envoy

    The New Zealand High Commissioner to India said her country attracts about 20,000 Indian students every year.

    New Zealand Trying To Attract More Indian Students: Envoy

    My Thoughts Are With The People: Raja Krishnamoorthi Horrified To See Loss Of Life By Kerala Floods

    My Thoughts Are With The People: Raja Krishnamoorthi Horrified To See Loss Of Life By Kerala Floods

    A top Indian-American Congressman has said he is “horrified” by the destruction and loss of life caused by the severe floods in rain-battered Kerala, saying the “unimaginable” human cost of the tragedy is felt by families across India and the world.

    My Thoughts Are With The People: Raja Krishnamoorthi Horrified To See Loss Of Life By Kerala Floods

    PrevNext