Geneva gears up for secessionist Khalistan Referendum voting

By
Murtaza Ali Shah
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— Photo by author.
— Photo by author.

  • SFJ is kick starting the European phase of Khalistan Referendum voting from Geneva, Switzerland on December 10. 
  • Sikhs leaders hope this will be the biggest gathering of Sikhs in Geneva, to remind the UN of its commitment towards millions of Sikhs.
  • Khalistan Referendum voting in Geneva comes after a three-month-long campaign in the UK.


GENEVA: The Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) has announced that Khalistan Referendum voting in Geneva on December 10 will be historic as thousands of Sikhs from across Europe will be gathering outside the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to register their support for the independent state of Khalistan for Sikhs.

Addressing a press conference here at the Geneva Press Club, the Sikhs leaders hoped that this will be the biggest gathering of Sikhs in Geneva at the Broken Chair, to remind the United Nations of its commitment towards tens of millions of Sikhs who have faced non-stop persecution at the hands of Hindutva-dominated Indian administration.

The press conference was addressed by Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, General Counsel to SFJ; Paramjeet Singh (Pamma), UK-EU Coordinator of Khalistan Referendum; Dupinderjit Singh, K-EU Coordinator of SFJ; and Dr Bakhshish Singh Sandhu, President Council of Khalistan.

SFJ is kick-starting the European phase of Khalistan Referendum voting from Geneva, Switzerland on December 10. The Geneva Voting Centre at BFM Hall has named “Shaheed Bhai Rana Singh Khalistan Referendum Voting Centre” to honour the New York-based Referendum activist who breathed his last on November 28 in Birmingham, UK while campaigning for Khalistan Referendum.

The Khalistan Referendum voting in Geneva comes after a three-month-long campaign in the UK which has seen thousands of Sikhs taking part in Khalistan Referendum voting in nine UK cities. More than 30,000 Sikhs attended the voting event in London which the Referendum started on October 31 on the question: “Should Indian-governed Punjab be an independent country?”

Dr Bakhshish Singh Sandhu, President Council of Khalistan, stated: “We have invited the UN officials and permanents missions of all the countries in Geneva to observe the December 10 Khalistan Referendum voting, a community organised democratic and unique initiative for the realisation of the right to self-determination.”

Pannun informed the press conference that the purpose of holding the Khalistan Referendum in Geneva is to inform the UN and the international community about India’s violent repression of Sikh peoples’ political opinion (Khalistan) and its peaceful and democratic expression through unofficial Khalistan Referendum.

He said that the world doesn’t know the full extent of the crimes against humanity India was committing at all levels to target Sikhs’ democratic expression of freedom and statehood. The SFJ counsel-general said that there was an artificial face of India that India projects to the world as peaceful and benign but the real face of India is draconian and ugly.

Pannun said that the Indian establishment is involved in reprisal, through the cancellation of visas and threats, against Sikhs living in UK, USA, Canada and EU for supporting and participating in Khalistan Referendum.

He said that the Indian government is involved in a concerted and coordinated disinformation campaign through baseless and concocted fake news maligning Khalistan Referendum. Last week, Scotland Yard officially confirmed that it didn’t raid the London office of SFJ and didn’t recover any machines used in Khalistan Referendum after Indian media aired fake news that SFJ headquarters were raided by the London police.

Voting in Khalistan Referendum which kick-started on October 31 in London, UK, is being held under the supervision of the Punjab Referendum Commission (PRC), a panel of non-aligned direct democracy and secession experts to ensure transparency and compliance with the international standards of voting. SFJ is also holding Khalistan Referendum Rally at UN Head Office Palais des Nations, Broken Chair.