Thursday, June 22, 2006

Worries & Concerns About Chigwell Camp

A message left in regards to a letter sent to the Editors of Panthic Weekly in October 2005, complaining about the Chigwell SikhStudent Camp:

Disappointing Sikh Student Camp and more...
Posted:
2006-04-05 10:54:12
Author : Dayal Singh, London

Is this camp still taking place this year? Is anyone doing anything to stop it?

My cousin (who is a mona) went to this camp and was told by one of these Naang Singhs that it is allowable for Singhs to visit prostitutes as long as they are not muslim.

Please can we do something about this Camp. Also elders must be aware of the parchaar that's happening at this camp.

http://www.panthic.org/discussion.php?id=1841


Re: 'Sikhs' disrespecting Gurbani


Author: Concerned Manmukh
Date:
06-08-06 13:34

Gurfatheh All.

Lets make this productive and not this fade away on the internet.

Instead of spreading rumours please can the people who HAVE BEEN please come forward and show your concerns by emailing and phoning the Sikh Student organizers.

Rumours don’t do anyone any good. So can the people who post messages on this and other forums please be ready to walk the walk rather than just talk the talk.

If you are REALLY concerned then do something about it. It’s easy to be a "Internet Warrior" in the comfort of your homes but reality is different not many are prepared to actually do anything.

So for those of us who want to do something here are a few Ideas.
Contact the Camp organisers, info is below

The only way to stop this is if the people who are witnesses to beadbi please step forward if you have pyare for Sikhi.

Its a simple request, no heads are being asked for :)

for those who cant be bothered to click here are the contact details:

Here is a link -> http://www.bmagdns.co.uk/sikhstudent/contact.htm

email: info@sikhstudent.org Tel:07742 468895 - 07706 566507
Address:Sikh Student Camp, PO Box 2684, Romford RM6 5YZ.


PS Can you also cc in to our email address concernedmanmukh@yahoo.co.uk so that we can approach them as well with evidence that people have been trying to contact them.

Let’s see if the people on these forums are willing to take steps to actually doing something, or just chat on these forums for their own ego.

Hopefully our next post will be positive and a step forward.

Gurfatheh.

http://www.tapoban.org/phorum/read.php?f=1&i=90532&t=90532#reply_90532


Also parents of children who have been to the camp and ex-campers are asked to convey any complaints they have about the previous camps and worries they have to Mr Toor, the Headmaster of Chigwell School, via email, letters or phonecalls:

Write To:
Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College
Roding Lane
Chigwell
IG7 6BQ

Phone:
020 8559 9160

Email:
principal@ggskcollege.co.uk
toor@ggskcollege.co.uk
registerar@ggskcollege.co.uk

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Don't Torture Sikh Activist Extradited by U.S.

Security Forces Routinely Abuse Sikhs in Custody

(New York, June 20, 2006) – The Indian government must ensure that its security officials do not torture or mistreat Sikh separatist Kulvir Singh Barapind, who was extradited to India from the United States on June 17, Human Rights Watch said today. The Indian security forces have a long history of mistreating Sikh activists in custody.
Barapind’s account of being tortured in the past makes it even more likely that Indian security forces will abuse him again. If Barapind has committed crimes he should be prosecuted in a fair trial, but the Indian government must not allow its own forces to break the law to punish him.



Barapind has made credible allegations to a U.S. federal court that, before coming to the United States, Indian security forces in 1988 and 1989 tortured him to stop his political activism and to make him reveal the identities of other Sikh activists.

“Barapind’s account of being tortured in the past makes it even more likely that Indian security forces will abuse him again,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “If Barapind has committed crimes he should be prosecuted in a fair trial, but the Indian government must not allow its own forces to break the law to punish him.”

Barapind described to the U.S. court how the police suspended him in the air from his wrists with his arms tied behind his back, rolled a wooden log over his thighs to crush his muscles, tore his legs apart at his waist to a 180-degree angle, applied electric shocks, and beat him on the soles of his feet, among other methods. He also submitted evidence that Indian officials tortured his family and friends.

Human Rights Watch said that the greatest risk to Barapind, as with many criminal suspects in India, is during police remand, when suspects are detained at police stations for investigations with minimal oversight. The U.S. State Department’s annual country reports on human rights in India have demonstrated a pattern of custodial torture and death of alleged Sikh activists.

“Indian security forces have a long history of abusing criminal suspects and detainees by torturing them,” said Adams. “They’ve used those methods against politically active Sikhs without facing any punishment.”

Background

In the early 1980s, armed separatist groups in India’s Punjab state demanded an independent nation of Khalistan. These groups were responsible for numerous attacks, including indiscriminate bombings, politically targeted killings and killing of Hindus. The government gave the security forces a free hand to destroy the separatist movement, resulting in widespread killings, “disappearances” and torture.

The Punjab violence peaked in June 1984, when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi sent the Indian army into the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the most sacred of Sikh sites, which was being occupied by armed Sikh militants. The brutal battle left nearly 100 Indian security personnel and militants dead, and ended only after most of the militants inside, including militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, had been killed. Some militants were reportedly found with their hands bound and bullets in their heads.

Independent sources estimate that thousands of civilians also perished. The attack soon cost Indira Gandhi her life – two of her Sikh bodyguards assassinated her in October 1984. Blaming Sikhs in general rather than the individuals responsible, members of Gandhi's Congress party organized pogroms against Sikhs in the capital, New Delhi. Victims’ groups, lawyers and activists have long alleged state complicity in the violence.

For the next 10 years, the Indian security forces in Punjab targeted for murder, “disappearance” and arbitrary arrest politically active Sikhs and those who stood up for victims and their families. Violence and intimidation have continued at a lower level since then, but many Sikhs continue to talk of fear of the police and security forces and of receiving threats.

The Indian government asked the United States to extradite Barapind, a former student separatist leader in Punjab, on 11 charges of robbery, murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to murder. Judge Oliver Wanger of the federal district court in California dropped eight of the cases brought against Barapind in the extradition petition, five of them because they fell under the “political offense” exception in the extradition treaty between India and the United States.

In October 2005, the court certified Barapind’s extradition in the three remaining cases, involving six murders and one attempted murder. Barapind’s lawyers submitted evidence that the witness statements failed to identify Barapind or were procured through duress. They argued that if the United States extradited him knowing that he faced a risk of torture, it would be violating U.S. and international law, namely the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which prohibits the return of individuals to countries where they are at risk of being tortured. The court found that the evidence used to support the three cases against Barapind satisfied the probable cause standard, and the political offense exception did not apply.

Before fleeing to the United States in 1993, Barapind was the national joint secretary of the Sikh Students Federation, a political group advocating for an independent Sikh state. Barapind was detained and allegedly tortured in 1988 and 1989 for his political activities. He went into hiding in 1990. The Indian government accused Barapind of being a member of the Khalistan Commando Force, a militant group at the time; Barapind denies being a member of the group.

http://hrw.org/english/docs/2006/06/20/india13584.htm