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  1. Urgent email to your MP and number to ring Please send the following email and attachment to your MP. Also ring 020 7219 3000 ask for your MP and pass this message to your MP. Dear [MPs Name] Help save Professor Davinderpal Singh Bhullar On Friday 12 April 2013 the Indian Supreme Court refused to commute the death sentence of Professor Davinderpal Singh Bhullar. Professor Bhullar is an innocent man who was illegally deported from Germany in January 1995, convicted and sentenced to death on the basis of a controversial split judgement and has been mentally ill for over two years and
  2. UK DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER LISTENS AND RESPONDS TO SIKH CONCERNS AND AGREES TO REPORT ON PROGRESS WITHIN TWO MONTHS 26 March 2013 The Sikh Federation (UK) organised and led a meeting earlier today with the Deputy Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Nick Clegg and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Simon Hughes MP to discuss a range of issues of concern. Sikh organisations represented included the Sikh Federation (UK), Sikh Council UK, Sikh Womens Alliance and Young Sikhs UK. The Sikh media represented included the Sikh Channel, Sangat TV and Akash Radio. Others present at the meeting included
  3. SIKH REPRESENTATIVES MEET UK DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER LATER TODAY 26 March 2013 The Sikh Federation (UK) has organised and is leading a meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Nick Clegg later today in the Cabinet Office. Bhai Amrik Singh, Chair of the Sikh Federation (UK) said: We first met the Leader (Nick Clegg) and Deputy Leader (Simon Hughes) of the Liberal Democrats in April 2011 at Guru Teg Bahadur Gurdwara, Leicester before the Leicester South by election in May 2011. The meeting today with Rt. Hon. Nick Clegg will be in his role as the Deputy Prime Minister. The fact the me
  4. India upset by Sikh activism in the UK and debate in the UK Parliament on abolition of death penalty Indian High Commission in London accused of trying to undermine democratic convention of MPs representing constituents Sikh Federation (UK) London, UK (March 14, 2013): Reporting in the India media suggests India is increasingly concerned with growing Sikh political activism in the UK. Two weeks ago on February 28, 2013 a two and a half hour debate was held in the UK Parliament on the Abolition of the Death Penalty in India. On March 13, 2013 another debate on the British Sikh commun
  5. UK Foreign Secretary responds on the abolition of the Death penalty in India London, United Kingdom (March 20, 2013): According to a recent press statement issued by Gurjeet Singh, General Secretary of the Sikh Federation (UK), the UK based Sikh body had taken the lead in exerting pressure on the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, before he left for India to raise UK opposition to the death penalty and raise the cases of Professor Davinderpal Singh Bhullar and Balwant Singh Rajoana when he visited India between 18-20 February. UK Foreign Secretary’s Letter “The Sikh Federation (UK) w
  6. Special Report on 28 Feb. Debate UK MPs state Indias judicial system is corrupt and justice has ground to a halt Sikh Federation (UK) London, United Kingdom (March 19, 2013): In a recent statement issued by the Sikh Federation UK, the UK based Sikh body has stated that: It was pleasing that a number of MPs used the section of the Sikh Federation (UK) briefing titled: Indias judicial system that has failed the Sikhs to criticise Indias judicial system during the debate on 28 February. This included Simon Hughes, the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Fabian Hamilton MP, David Ward MP, R
  7. Special Report – MPs remain silent on Widespread Criminalization of Politics in India Sikh Federation (UK) London, United Kingdom (March 17, 2013): The Sikh Federation (UK) informed Sikh Siyasat News (SSN), through an article that during the debate in the UK Parliament on 28 February, 2013 UK MPs did not go as far as to mention the widespread criminalisation of politics in India despite the briefing provided by the Sikh Federation (UK). This combined with the way votes are secured in India seriously undermines the concept of India as a democracy, let alone the largest democracy. As pe
  8. Special Report – UK MPs call for the death penalty to be abolished in India Sikh Federation (UK) London, United Kingdom (March 14, 2013): John McDonnell MP and Fabian Hamilton MP the co-sponsors of the debate in the UK Parliament on 28 February in their speeches provided background to the death penalty in India and how India had ended its unofficial eight year moratorium on 21 November 2012. John McDonnell admitted: ‘The eight-year moratorium lulled us into a false sense of security. Naively, many of us thought that although India retained the death penalty on the statute book the
  9. PRESS RELEASE SIKH FEDERATION (UK) MPs TURN OUT IN LARGE NUMBERS FOR DEBATE IN UK PARLIAMENT TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR BRITISH SIKH COMMUNITY 14 March 2013 A one and a half hour debate titled The British Sikh Community took place in the UK Parliament yesterday organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Sikhs. The APPG for British Sikhs has a much broader appeal than similar groups in Parliament and was set up by the Sikh Federation (UK) in 2005 to focus on Sikh issues in the UK, Europe and elsewhere and is now also supported by the Sikh Council UK. The debate was led by Ga
  10. Please send the following to your MP as soon as possible and also get your friends and family to do the same: Dear [MPs name] We have learnt from the Sikh Council UK and Sikh Federation (UK) that the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Sikhs has secured a 90-minute debate in the UK Parliament on Wednesday 13 March 2013 at 9.30am in Westminster Hall about the British Sikh community. This is an excellent opportunity to not only celebrate the success of the British Sikh community, but also to raise a range of issues where Sikhs have concerns. These include issues relating to the UK Go
  11. UK GOVERNMENT CONFIRMS OPPOSITION TO DEATH PENALTY IN INDIA Specific references to Professor Davinderpal Singh Bhullar and Balwant Singh Rajoana 27 February 2013 On the eve of the debate in the UK Parliament on the Abolition of the Death Penalty in India the Sikh Federation (UK) has been copied a letter dated 27 February 2013 sent by the Rt Hon Hugo Swire, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The letter to his counterpart the Rt Hon John Spellar, a shadow Foreign Minister notes the UK Government’s disappointment that India ended its de-facto moratorium on the death pen
  12. UK MPs PREPARE FOR HISTORIC DEBATE IN THE UK PARLIAMENT ON THE ABOLITION OF THE DEATH PENALTY IN INDIA 26 February 2013 The Sikh Federation (UK) has produced and distributed a 7,500 word briefing to over 100 UK Members of Parliament in the last 24 hours for those who can attend to use during a debate in the UK Parliament on the Abolition of the Death Penalty in India. The two and a half hour debate is scheduled to take place in the main chamber of the House of Commons on Thursday 28 February 2013. The briefing begins by stating: Punishment by death is against the Universal Declaration
  13. Akal Takht Jathedar should have urged Sikhs to boycott funeral of Swaran Ghotna: Sikh Federation UK London, United Kingdom (February 23, 2013): The Sikh Federation UK has expressed it’s opinion that Giani Gurbachan Singh, Jathedar of Sri Akal Takhat should have asked Sikhs not to attend last rites of an infamous Punjab cop who reportedly died on February 16, 2013. “It has been reported that Swaran Ghotna, the police officer who tortured and murdered the former Jathedar of the Akal Takht Gurdev Singh Kaunke by tearing him in half has perished”, reads a statement by the UK based Sikh body. G
  14. DAVID CAMERON COMES UP SHORT IN HIS VISIT TO INDIA 20 February 2013 On the one hand British Sikhs are delighted British Prime Minister David Cameron has today made the effort to visit and pay his respects at Harmander Sahib, the Golden Temple Complex. In addition, as the first serving British Prime Minister to visit the scene of the Amritsar massacre of 1919 we welcome his statement that: "This was a deeply shameful event in British history one that Winston Churchill rightly described at the time as monstrous. We must never forget what happened here. And in remembering, we must ensure
  15. DAVID CAMERON ACCUSED OF PLAYING POLITICS TO WIN OVER BRITISH ASIANS British Sikhs have accused David Cameron of coming up short in his visit to India. Hes become the first serving UK Prime Minister to pay his respects and lay a wreath at the memorial to the 1919 Amritsar massacre in India. Sukki Johal spoke to Dabinderjit Singh from the Sikh Federation UK earlier he says its simply not good enough to avoid a public apology because hes not accountable for the countrys past. Listen: http://www.buzzradioonline.co.uk/
  16. Channel 4 News coverage of David Camerons visit to Amritsar - Wednesday 20 February For those that may have missed the Channel 4 News coverage (Wednesday 20 February) of David Camerons visit to Amritsar - Harmander Sahib, Jallianwala Bagh and the debate that followed you may wish to use the following link to watch: http://www.channel4.com/news/catch-up/ Cameron in India: a visit, but no apology for Amritsar (3.46) David Cameron today became the first serving British prime minster to visit the site of the 1919 Amritsar massacre in India. But victims' relatives said they were disappointe
  17. Sikhs angry at UK PMs iciness over 1984 massacre Thursday, February 21, 2013 LONDON: The Sikhs in Britain have expressed anger over the British Prime Minister David Camerons failure to sympathise with the Sikhs for the events of June 1984 when the Indian Army used tanks and artillery to attack the Harmander Sahib, the Golden Temple Complex in Amritsar to kill thousands of innocent Sikh pilgrims. Sikh Federation (UK) said that there was a lot of talk about the 1919 Amritsar massacre and while it was welcome David Cameron expressed sorrow over that tragedy but with an eye on trade deals th
  18. Prominent Sikh on Channel 4 news tonight starting at 7pm to debate visit to Darbar Sahib and Jallianwala Bagh by David Cameron.
  19. HOW FAR WILL UK PRIME MINISTER GO TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR SIKHS WHILE IN INDIA? 17 February 2013 British Prime Minister David Cameron has arrived in India and is expected to visit Amritsar on Wednesday 20 February and visit Harmandar Sahib and Jallianwala Bagh. There will be several challenging issues for David Cameron to address while in India. The Daily Telegraph national newspaper in the UK has reported the Prime Minister is said to be considering voicing Britains regret for the massacre in 1919 in Jallianwala Bagh, when over a thousand peacefully protesting Sikhs, including women and chi
  20. UK Sikhs hope Cameron will regret Jallianwala Prabhjot Singh/TNS Chandigarh, February 18 Nearly half a million strong Sikh community in the UK, 56 per cent of which has British birth, hopes that Prime Minister David Cameron would regret the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, where hundreds of peacefully protesting Sikhs, including women and children, were done to death by British troops, during his visit to Amritsar on February 20. Representatives of Sikh community in Great Britain has over the weeks submitted memoranda and held meetings with the ruling Conservatives with a hope that the Briti
  21. UK Parliamentarians to debate the Abolition of the Death Penalty in India 15 February 2013 Fabian Hamilton Labour MP for Leeds North East and also the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Sikhs announced live last night on Sangat TV that he had applied for a debate in the UK Parliament about the Abolition of the Death Penalty in India. He said the debate will be taking place on Thursday 28 February in the main chamber of the House of Commons. It will be the first debate following Departmental and Business Questions as well as any statements, so it could start as early a
  22. SIKH FEDERATION (UK) RAISE OPPOSITION TO DEATH PENALTY WITH PRIME MINISTER, DAVID CAMERON BEFORE HIS VISIT TO INDIA NEXT WEEK AND LAUNCH MASSIVE INTERNATIONAL LOBBY 12 February 2013 The Sikh Federation (UK) has written to UK Prime Minister, David Cameron ahead of his planned visit to India next week. The letter and other communications by the Sikh Federation (UK) with Ministers at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have urged David Cameron to raise UK and EU opposition to the death penalty in India. The opposition to the death penalty has also been raised with French President, Franco
  23. SIKH FEDERATION (UK) LEAD EUROPEAN-WIDE DELEGATION TO MEET EUROPEAN COMMISSION STAFF RESPONSIBLE FOR POLICY ON SEARCH OF SIKH TURBANS AT AIRPORTS 23 January 2013 Earlier this week the Sikh Federation (UK) led a 12-member European-wide delegation of Sikhs to meet European Commission staff responsible for policy on airport security to clarify the position on search of Sikh turbans at airports. On 17 December 2012 the Department for Transport in the UK wrote to Sikh organisations, including the Sikh Federation (UK), to confirm the new Regulation on Aviation security was expected to be publi
  24. SIKH FEDERATION (UK) ACTIVE ON RAISING CONCERNS ON EVE OF FRENCH PRESIDENTS FIRST VISIT TO DELHI French President urged to raise opposition to death penalty with India when in Delhi this week Sikhs urge Indian Prime Minister to raise religious discrimination against the minority Sikh community in France 11 Febru1ry 2013 President Francois Hollande will be visiting New Delhi on February 14-15 on his first trip to India since being elected in May 2012. The Sikh Federation (UK) has been in contact with Sikhs in France to urge them to raise French opposition to India carrying out the dea
  25. Watch Quami Masle - Tonight (Sun 10 Feb) 7-8pm - Sangat TV Sky 847 This programme was on live Saturday 9 February 7-8pm, but will be shown again tonight as many have requested a repeat showning.
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