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Sikh body seeks termination of India-US extradition treaty

Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) has urged Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state, to terminate the extradition treaty between United States and India as "torturing detainees" has become a routine practice in India. In a recent letter to the US secretary of state, SFJ said being a signatory to the UN Convention Against Torture, the United States is bound by article 3 of the convention "not to extradite any person to a country where torture is practiced".

punjab Updated: Sep 29, 2012 19:47 IST
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Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) has urged Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state, to terminate the extradition treaty between United States and India as "torturing detainees" has become a routine practice in India. In a recent letter to the US secretary of state, SFJ said being a signatory to the UN Convention Against Torture, the United States is bound by article 3 of the convention "not to extradite any person to a country where torture is practiced".

"The alleged torture of Kulbir Singh Barapind, who was extradited from the US, warrants immediate termination of the extradition treaty between the United States and India," the letter read.

According to attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal adviser to SFJ, who practices human rights law in the US, the extradition treaty between the US and India was signed at Washington on June 25, 1997, with exchange of letters. As per article 24 of the treaty, either party may unilaterally terminate the treaty anytime.

He added that "torture and inhuman treatment" of Sikh political activists Kulbir Singh Barapind and Daljit Singh Bittu warrants immediate action by the United States.

He said taking up the case of Barapind, SFJ will seek support from Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International and other NGOs in highlighting the torture of Sikh detainees in India and in seeking the Obama administration to terminate the extradition treaty with India.

Barapind, a Sikh political activist, who is president of Akali Dal (Panch Pardhani) and a member of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) was extradited from the United States to India in June 2006 pursuant to the extradition treaty the two countries signed in 1997, Pannun said, adding that in India, Barapind was acquitted by the courts because prosecution could not prove any charges for which he was extradited from the United States.