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To help with the 3 Sikhs (that certain Sikh authorities have worked tirelessly for) For the combined article, with pictures please visit: http://www.sikhspeak.com/blog

URGENT: A last ditch effort, before the 12th January COURT DATE, please share, forward etc...

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As an individual constituent of the UK, the recommended instruction given from the campaign is as follows:

We urge all Sikhs in the UK to write to their MP's & MEP's for this purpose a standard letter has been drafted and is attached. Please improvise and amend letter with your own details, etc. to make it look different. To get the contact details of your MP please visit www.parliament.uk and if you don't know who your MP/MEP's are then please go to www.writetothem.com where you simply enter your postcode and you will be told who your MP/MEP's are.
  1. Go to www.WriteToThem.com and type in your postcode to get your list of MEP's and your MP.
  2. Copy the following:
    Dear …. (Insert MP's/MEP's name)
    Re: Panjab Singh also known as Paramjeet Singh Dhadhi
    British National – resident of Wolverhampton
    I write to express my concerns in relation to the arrest and detention of the above named in Punjab, India. Mr Singh is a British subject and was arrested along with two Indian Nationals, Mr Amolak Singh and Mr Jaswinder Singh on 23 December 2006, by Punjab Police. Mr Singh and his co-accused were arrested on charges of alleged terrorism and were accused of seeking to cause unrest in the Punjab.
    Having followed media footage and knowing of Mr Singh who is a Sikh Preacher, it is clear that Mr Singh is not a 'terrorist'. He was simply enjoying a vacation, together with his wife, granddaughter (aged 3) and family and friends. Mr Singh was due to return to the United Kingdom on 27 December 2006.
    The three Sikhs have been arrested under mysterious circumstances and the police story has many gaps and variations which indicate that the situation has been fabricated. There are many loopholes in the evidence and assertions of the police in this matter, which will be exposed in the defence cases of the accused.
    I am also extremely concerned for the welfare of the two Indian nationals who were arrested with Mr Singh. They are Amolak Singh and Jaswinder Singh. Both are innocent persons, who were tortured by the Punjab Police, who sought a confession from them. Not only is this gravely unjust but a direct violation of their civil rights. Amolak Singh stated on national TV (Zee News) as he was leaving court, that the Police were trying to force him to sign a confessional statement admitting he was involved in criminal activities, despite the fact that he had stated to them that he was innocent.
    I write to request that you make representations on my behalf to the Foreign Office, setting out my concerns and the need for intervention in this matter. Mr Singh is presently being detained and it is imperative that he be released as quickly as possible. Furthermore, it is fair to say that such matters have been ongoing for many years, whereby the Punjab Police fabricate charges against innocent persons for their own financial or political benefit. It is also the case that Mr Singh was tortured whilst in police custody, he declared this on national TV (Zee News). This poses an uncertainty for any British subject who now seeks to travel in Punjab, as if this matter is not addressed by the Foreign office, it sends a clear message to the Punjab Police that they can arrest and torture British subjects and not have to deal with their illegal actions. This is something which directly affects all Punjabi's and Sikhs in the UK and indeed around the world.
    I would like you to make delegations to the Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett and the Indian High Commission (India House Aldwych London WC2B 4NA) requesting that:
    1) Panjab Singh (also known as Paramjeet Singh Dhadhi), Amolak Singh and Jasvinder Singh are all given a fair trial, without unnecessary harassment and/or torture;
    2) That the accusations of torture be investigated by an independent inquiry;
    3) That dialogue be maintained throughout the proceedings to ensure justice.
    I look forward to hearing from you in respect of the above and should be grateful if you would forward to me copies of the representations you make to the Foreign Office and Indian High Commission.
    I thank you in anticipation of your co-operation in this matter.
    Yours truly,
  3. Click on your MP, fill in the details and paste the above letter into the box where you can send a message to your MP (editing the letter slightly by inserting your MP's name at the top and your own name at the bottom).
  4. Do the same for your MEP's which can be found on the same page where your MP was found (although all the replies Dhaas has received from the MEP's have said that this is out of their influence and your local MP must be contacted, not MEP).

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If you are part of an organisation or a Gurdwara Saahib's managing committee, the recommended instruction given from the campaign is as follows:

We urge all Sikh organisations and Gurdwaras to write directly to the Foreign Secretary and Indian High Commission – for this purpose a standard letter is also attached. It would be appreciated if individuals and organisations who do write to their MP's/Foreign Secretary/Indian High Commission etc – to please keep us informed of who approaches have been made to, this is to allow the campaign to keep a pace with developments. pm me who you contacted and this will be relayed to the campaign for you.
  1. Edit the following standard draft letter accordingly and print separately, one for each of the two addresses:
    Foreign & Commonwealth Office
    Foreign Secretary – Rt. Hon. Margaret Beckett
    King Charles Street
    London
    SW1A 2AH
    OR
    Indian High Commission
    High Commissioner
    India House
    Aldwych
    London
    WC2B 4NA
    Dear ….
    Re: Panjab Singh also known as Paramjeet Singh Dhadhi
    British National – resident of Wolverhampton
    We write to express my concerns in relation to the arrest and detention of the above named in Punjab, India. Mr Singh is a British subject and was arrested along with two Indian Nationals, Mr Amolak Singh and Mr Jaswinder Singh on 23 December 2006, by Punjab Police. Mr Singh and his co-accused were arrested on charges of alleged terrorism and were accused of seeking to cause unrest in the Punjab.
    Having followed media footage and knowing of Mr Singh who is a Sikh Preacher, it is clear that Mr Singh is not a 'terrorist'. He was simply enjoying a vacation, together with his wife, granddaughter (aged 3) and family and friends. Mr Singh was due to return to the United Kingdom on 27 December 2006.
    The three Sikhs have been arrested under mysterious circumstances and the police story has many gaps and variations which indicate that the situation has been fabricated. There are many loopholes in the evidence and assertions of the police in this matter, which will be exposed in the defence cases of the accused.
    We are also extremely concerned for the welfare of the two Indian nationals who were arrested with Mr Singh. They are Amolak Singh and Jaswinder Singh. Both are innocent persons, who were tortured by the Punjab Police, who sought a confession from them. Not only is this gravely unjust but a direct violation of their civil rights. Amolak Singh stated on national TV (Zee News) as he was leaving court, that the Police were trying to force him to sign a confessional statement admitting he was involved in criminal activities, despite the fact that he had stated to them that he was innocent.
    Mr Singh is presently being detained and it is imperative that he be released as quickly as possible. Furthermore, it is fair to say that such matters have been ongoing for many years, whereby the Punjab Police fabricate charges against innocent persons for their own financial or political benefit. It is also the case that Mr Singh was tortured whilst in police custody, he declared this on national TV (Zee News).
    We would like you to make delegations to the Chief Minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh and the Punjab Police to ensure that:
    1) Panjab Singh (also known as Paramjeet Singh Dhadhi), Amolak Singh and Jasvinder Singh are all given a fair trial, without unnecessary harassment and/or torture;
    2) That the accusations of torture be investigated by an independent inquiry;
    3) That dialogue be maintained throughout the proceedings to ensure justice.
    We look forward to hearing from you in respect of the above.
    We thank you in anticipation of your co-operation in this matter.
    Yours truly,
  2. Then post to the following two addresses:
    Foreign Secretary – Rt. Hon. Margaret Beckett
    King Charles Street
    London
    SW1A 2AH
    and
    Indian High Commission
    High Commissioner
    India House
    Aldwych
    London
    WC2B 4NA
  3. Additionally, you can also email the following Panjab Government Executives email addresses as recommended on the Campaign thread, using the same standard letter draft above (edit accordingly):
    Chief Minister
    cm@punjabmail.gov.in
    Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab
    dcm@punjabmail.gov.in
    Principal Secretary to Chief Minister
    pscm@punjabmail.gov.in
    Deputy Principal Secretary to Chief Minister
    dpscm1@punjabmail.gov.in
    Deputy Principal Secretary to Chief Minister
    dpscm2@punjabmail.gov.in
    Deputy Principal Secretary to Chief Minister
    dpscm3@punjabmail.gov.in
    CM and Minister Incharge of Deptt. of Home Affairs and Justice
    cmin-home @punjabmail.gov.in
    Also put in a complaint to following :
    Human Rights Commission
    Ravi Kamal Bhargava Chief Executive Officer of the Commission
    email : covdnhrc@nic.in

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The next court hearing is tomorrow 12th January 2006...

Please keep contacting the abovementioned!

Visit the sticky topic titled "Campaign To Free Three Sikhs" under the 'GENERAL | WHAT'S HAPPENING?' section of SikhSangat.com for all discussion and further information about the campaign to free Bhai Paramjeet Singh (Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, UK) and two other GurSikhs from India:

http://www.sikhsangat.com/index.php?showtopic=23534

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Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

SikhSpeak Jeeo, 'bump' is used to push a topic up to the top of the list on the main forum page so it doesn't get drowned in the list.

Is there anything Sikhs outside of India/UK can do?

Waheguru..

bhullchukmaaf

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fatehh

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HELP SECURE THE RELEASE OF THREE INNOCENT SIKHS

Sikh Federation's five top tips on getting postcards

completed and sent:

Objective 1: To get coverage of as many politicians as

possible in the UK

Objective 2: To try and exert pressure on human rights

groups to highlight this case through its network of

members and activists

1) In getting Sikhs to provide their names and

addresses for postcards at Gurdwaras it is more

important to try and cover as many MPs as possible

rather than concentrate on getting a large number of

postcards to the same MPs. Where large numbers of

postcards are completed for the same MP it is

essential the postcards are sent individually and at

staggered intervals so the MP receives a constant

stream of postcards. The Sikh Federation (UK) wrote

to all UK MEPs on Thursday 4 January therefore 5

around postcards from each town to each MEP in the

region should be sufficient to make the necessary

impact.

2) The same names and addresses for postcards

collected for MPs could be used to send a sufficient

number of postcards to Amnesty International, Human

Rights Watch and the UN Rapporteur on Torture. For

instance 10-15 postcards should be sent from each town

to each organisation. It is essential these postcards

are sent individually and at staggered intervals so

combined with other towns the organisations mentioned

receive a constant stream of postcards.

3) Target non-Sikhs from other parts of the UK by

getting each Sikh student at University to get 10-15

non-Sikh friends to fill out details on the postcards

of their 'home' or 'parents' address. If this was

done by 10 students at 5 Universities it is estimated

100-200 additional MPs could be covered across the UK.

The postcode will help you determine the constituency

MP. Visit www.faxyourmp.com to find an MPs name using

the postcode.

4) Target non-Sikhs by trying to set up a stall in

prominent locations in particular cities (e.g. London,

Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow etc.) Stalls

could be set up for a few hours to get non-Sikhs to

sign. If stalls can be set up for completing

name/address details in high profile locations (e.g.

Trafalgar Square) that attract people from across the

country and/or other countries (e.g. tourists) this

could have the most impact in terms of coverage. The

Sikh Federation (UK) is in the process of obtaining

permission to set up a stall in Trafalgar Square on

Saturday 14 January 2007.

5) Target non-Sikhs, in particular activists, by

trying to set up a stall at regional or national

events. For example, the Sikh Federation (UK) is

hoping to set up a stall at the 'A World Civilisation

or a Clash of Civilisations on Saturday 20 January

2007 in the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in

London. Please look out for relevant regional or

national events in your town or city to organise

similar events.

The same five top tips are being adapted in Canada,

USA and in mainland Europe. Following meetings and

discussions by the Sikh Federation (UK) with Sikhs in

a number of countries in mainland Europe, postcards are

in the process of being produced in French, German and

Dutch. Sikhs in Belgium will be using tens of

convenience and souvenir shops owned by Sikhs in

different parts of the country to get 20-25 'shoppers'

to complete postcards. This will provide good

national coverage by non-Sikhs. Sikhs in Paris and

other major cities have been urged to try and set up

stalls in key locations e.g. Eiffel Tower to get

national and international coverage.

Narinderjit Singh

General Secretary

Sikh Federation (UK)

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