GMA condemns Police violence against peaceful Sikh protesters

PRESS RELEASE  – #SikhLivesMatter –

Glasgow, Scotland: Global Minorities Alliance has condemned the Indian police violence against peaceful Sikh protesters last week who gathered in a peaceful protest when pages of Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of Sikhs was ripped off which led to protests across Indian state of Punjab.

Last week, Police used water canons and batons to disperse the crowd and opened up fire to the peaceful protesters which lead to the death of two Sikh protesters.

Commenting on these event, GMA’s Director for interfaith and harmony, Shahzad Khan said;

‘We utterly condemn the desecration of holy Sikh scriptures in India and the subsequent police violence against the peaceful protesters which is against the fundamental rights of any democratic country. India must protect the lives of millions of Sikhs than to attack, abuse and use force against its own citizens’.

Mr Khan further maintained: ‘The recent incident of state callousness against peaceful Sikh community is yet another episode of how Sikhs are being treated with utter disregard of their religious sensibilities against its international obligations.

Global Minorities Alliance joins the world community to condemn state-led violence against Sikh community in India and calls for respect and protection of its all citizens.

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World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

From the Editor

Today marks the launch of the GMA blog, which will provide a space for dialogue about the human rights issues facing communities across the world. And 21st May is very fitting for this, as to day is the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. As Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, explains:

“Our cultural diversity is a stimulator of creativity. Investing in this creativity can transform societies. It is our responsibility to develop education and intercultural skills in young people to sustain the diversity of our world and to learn to live together in the diversity of our languages, cultures and religions, to bring about change.”

According to the UN, three-quarters of the world’s major conflicts have a cultural dimension, which is why events to promote dialogue and understanding are essential to enable us to learn to live together in harmony.

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