'Genocide' plea tabled in Oz Parliament

  • PTI, Agencies, Melbourne
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  • Updated: Nov 02, 2012 19:49 IST

A petition has been tabled in the Australian Parliament, seeking to recognise the 1984 anti-Sikh violence as a 'genocide'.

The petition was moved by federal MP Warren Enstch on Thursday.

Tabling the petition, Enstch said as long as the 1984 events "continue to be referred to as 'anti-Sikh riots', there can be no closure for the Sikh community."

The petition, with 4,453 signatures, urged the Australian Parliament to recognise the violence against Sikhs in November 1984 as a 'genocide.'

It also called on the Australian government to urge the Indian government to take "all reasonable measures" to bring those responsible for the 1984 violence to justice.

It was the first time that the issue had been raised in the Australian Parliament.

Australia's Sikh community had enlisted the help of Entsch to have this country recognise the violence.

Hundreds of Sikhs thronged the Australian capital Canberra on Thursday to participate in the event where Enstch, the North Queensland MP, read the petition, according to a media statement issued by the group Sikhs for Justice.


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