In the past few days human rights activists and the members of the Sikh community have all taken a moment to reflect, remember and recognize the 1984 Sikh Genocide – when Sikhs across India were mercilessly and systematicaly massacred by state organized, mobs.
In the political world, activists and community members have knocked on the doors of Political Parties, MPs and MPPs, and demanded, asked and pleaded for their elected officials to advocate for justice.
We have heard from many who have responded including:
- Jim Cariganis (Liberal MP);
- Sheila Copps (Liberal)
- Parm Gill (Conservative MP);
- Jasbir Sandhu (NDP MP);
- Jinny Sims (NDP MP);
- And, Jagmeet Singh (NDP MPP)
But the precedent has been set by the Ontario NDP and it’s leader Andrea Horwath.
On November 3rd, 2011 the Ontario NDP became the first political party to explicitly acknowledge the events of November 1984 as a “Genocide”
We urgently ask that every community activist and member of the Sikh community IMMEDIATELY contact the Ontario NDP offices and express their explicit support for this tremendous work.
The Ontario NDP offices can be contacted at 416-325-8300. Our goal is to promote as many thank you calls into the office by 5:00pm this Friday November 4th.
Please leave a message or call again if you are unable to get through!
Spread the word!
NDP Statement Regarding November 1st 1984
The ONDP stands in solidarity with the Sikh Community in remembering the November 1984 Sikh Genocide. From October 31 to November 4th 1984 thousands of Sikhs were killed across India. Hundreds of Sikh homes and businesses were burned. Sikhs places of prayers or Gurudwaras were attacked and destroyed. Members of the Sikh community were targeted and killed based solely on their religious identity. The Sikh community continues to experience trauma from the events of November 1984. We stand with the Sikh community’s call for justice and recognition of their loss. Recognition of harm suffered is the first step to healing and reconciliation.
Jagmeet Singh, MPP Bramalea-Gore-Malton made a presentation to the ONDP Caucus on the anniversary of the Sikh Genocide yesterday.
The ONDP is committed to human rights across the province and the country and continue to work with all communities in creating a better world.
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