MOBILIZING PUBLIC SUPPORT
SIKH HIGH PRIESTS DECLARE NOVEMBER 1984 MASSACRE AS “SIKH GENOCIDE”
“Directs Sikh community to support SIKHS FOR JUSTICE in getting November 1984 killings recognized as “Genocide” at international level”
Central religious authority of Sikhs the Jathedars of the Takhats - Five High Priests -, have declared that November 1984 killings of Sikhs in India, in which thousands of innocent Sikhs were killed across 18 states and more than 100 cities was a Genocide.
According to Giyani Gurbachan Singh, Akal Takhat Jathedar, the targeted and planned killing of Sikhs and attacks on Gurdawaras in November 1984 was a direct attack on the Sikh religion itself.
According to Attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal advisor to Sikhs for Justice, a US based human rights advocacy group working to get the Sikh Genocide recognized globally, the declaration from Akal Takht is very significant because it brings finality for the Sikhs as to whether November 1984 killings were genocide or not.
In its directive, Akal Takht has also directed the Sikh community, Sikh organizations, Sikh media and other groups around the world to call November 1984 as Sikh Genocide and to support Sikhs for Justice in its efforts to get this Genocide recognized internationally.