[Deathpenalty]death penalty news-----worldwide
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Mon Jan 2 18:54:38 CST 2006
Worldwide protest called for the abolishment of death penalty
A CANDLE light vigil is being organised on January 17 by various Sikh
organisations in the West to press for release of Prof Davinderpal Singh
Bhullar and other Sikh youths languishing in Indian Jails. As per
information provided by the Sikh Federation candles will be lit at
prominent places in cities throughout the world, including India. Sikhs in
more than 100 cities around the world are expected to take part in the
protest and will be joined by prominent non-Sikhs, such as politicians,
human rights and trade union activists.
The worldwide protests are taking place on January 17 to coincide with the
11th anniversary of the high profile death penalty case of Prof Bhullar.
11 years earlier on January 17, 1995, Professor Davinderpal Singh Bhullar
was deported from Germany and was handed over to the Indian authorities.
Prof Bhullar is facing charges for making an attempt on life of the then
Youth Congress leader Maninderjeet Singh Bitta. Bhullar is accused of
planting a bomb in the car with the motive of killing Bitta in the year
1993 after which he fled India and sought asylum in Germany.
In UK the candle light protests will be taking place simultaneously in
twenty towns and cities, organised by the Sikh Federation (UK), Khalsa
Human Rights, Sikh Secretariat, Young Sikhs (UK), Sikh Student Groups,
Gurdwaras and the Sadh Sangat. The protests are being supported by Amnesty
International and other members of the World Coalition Against the Death
London protests will take place in the heart of the British political
circle, that is at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster between 5pm to
Alongside members of public, MPs and Lords will join Sikhs to light
candles celebrating life, freedom and opposition to the death penalty.
Meanwhile, the vigil will be organised in at least 20 towns/cities like
Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Coventry, Derby, Gravesend, Huddersfield,
Leeds, Leicester, Manchester, Nottingham, Slough, Southampton, Walsall and
Apart from this, Sikh organisations are also gearing up in places like
Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool and Newcastle. The oraganising
committees have further urged more and more people to organise similar
vigils on the same day.
(source: Ludhiana (India) Newsline)
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