US declines to call Sikh riots ‘genocide’

  • IANS, Washington
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  • Updated: Apr 03, 2013 12:24 IST

In response to a petition from the influential Sikh community seeking recognition of violence against Sikhs in India during November 1984 as “genocide”, the White House has said it continues to “condemn” and “work against” violence directed at people because of their religion.

“We continue to condemn —and more importantly, to work against — violence directed at people based on their religious affiliation,” the White House said, but declined to call the 1984 violence against Sikhs as “genocide.” 

“US efforts to protect the rights and freedoms of all people have long been a feature of our foreign policy,” it said in response to the online petition initiated by New York based rights group Sikhs for Justice last December.

The petition received 30,517 signatures, crossing the necessary threshold for a response.

 

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