LONDON, UK—The UK Sikhs are lobbying their MPs to put forward several important issues facing the Sikh community to Prime Minister Theresa May on November 14. Five important key issues have been identified –
- Sikh ethnic tick box in the Census 2021
- Amending the Offensive Weapons Bill so there are no restrictions on the large Sikh Kirpan
- Independent public inquiry on UK involvement in the 1984 Sikh Genocide and anti-Sikh measures taken against Sikhs in the UK
- The first anniversary of the torture and imprisonment of Jagtar Singh Johal
- Police raids on the homes of five British Sikh activists
Sikh Federation UK is urging Sikhs to inform their MPs and ask them to raise the above issues during November 14 Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs). PMQs is a constitutional convention in the United Kingdom, currently held as a single session every Wednesday at noon when the House of Commons is sitting, during which the Prime Minister spends half an hour answering questions from Members of Parliament.
“There will be a Prime Minister’s Question event at the House of Parliament in Westminster. We ask all Sikhs to contact parliament switchboard 020 7219 3000 to inform their MPs and ask them to be present at The Parliamentary Lobby which will take place between 12.00 – 15.00,” Sikh Federation UK states in a press statement.
“During the Parliamentary Lobby, there will be an opportunity where MPs will be questioned on what they have done in regards to Jagtar Singh Johal’s detainment in India and also question the involvement of the Indian government in regards to the raids which took place by West Midlands police at the house of 5 activists involved with the #FreeJaggiNow campaign,” said Jas Singh.
“From 13.00 – 15.00 there will be an event to mark the 1-year detainment of Jaggi taking place in Committee Room 16. During this time there will be speeches from Redress and Martin Docherty Hughes. This will also provide you with an opportunity to ask your MP to join in and show their support for the #FreeJaggiNow campaign,” he added.