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Media Advisory: Historic Congressional Briefing to Commemorate 1984 Anti-Sikh Pogroms

For Immediate Release
Rajdeep Singh, Director of Law and Policy, rajdeep@sikhcoalition.org | (202) 747-4944

 

September 25, 2014 (Washington, DC) – While Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the White House, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the U.S. Congress will make history next Tuesday by hosting the first-ever Congressional briefing on the November 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms, which claimed the lives of several thousand Sikh civilians throughout India.

 

According to eyewitnesses and Indian human rights activists, the killings were organized by government officials and facilitated by police officials. Thirty years later, India’s new government—like its predecessors—continues to deny justice to victims and survivors of the pogroms.

 

WHAT: Thirty Years of Impunity – The November 1984 Anti-Sikh Pogroms in India

WHEN: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building 2456

 

Panelists:

The briefing will feature a special screening of The Widow Colony, an award-winning documentary that amplifies the voices of Sikh widows who lost loved ones during the pogroms and whose struggle for justice continues to this day. After the film, panelists will discuss India’s failure to prosecute the architects of the pogroms; discuss the importance that accountability will have for India’s future; and provide recommendations for U.S. foreign policy in relation to India.

 

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