WASHINGTON DC, USA—While the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a select gathering at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner earlier today, hundreds of Sikh rights activists were present displaying placards reading “Don’t Invest in India”, outside the hotel. The rally focused on the atrocities of the Modi administration, whose practices have killed Sikhs, Muslims, Christians and other minorities living in India.
“Since religious freedom functions at the core of American values, we have asked the members of the Congress to stand against the persecution of Sikhs under Modi regime,” said attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal advisor to SFJ. “Sikhs in India are targeted for campaigning to restore their separate religious identity and their inalienable rights to self-determination.”
Further awareness rallies will take place, particularly today, when Modi meets POTUS Trump at a summit at the White House.
Last week, SFJ representatives met with dozens of U.S. Congressmen, Senators and their staffs in an effort to urge the establishment of a Congressional delegation visit to Punjab to assess, report and apprise the U.S. Congress of the recent spate of human rights violations against the Sikh community. In support of efforts to establish such a delegation, SFJ issued a full memorandum to every member of Congress.