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Clinton Must Oppose Indian State Terrorism

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 16, 2009

kashmir-global-network : Message: [kashnet] [KASHMIR FORUM] Clinton Must Oppose Indian State Terrorism

Published in the INFORMATION TIMES

Open Letter to U.S. President Bill Clinton

February 1, 2000

Mr. Bill Clinton
President of the United States
The White House
Washington, DC 20500

Subject: Release Sikh and Other Political Prisoners in India
Self-Determination for All People and Nations

Dear Mr. President:

At your press conference today, you described India as a “great
democracy” that America has ignored for a long time. You are right that
India has democratic elections, but it takes more than elections to make
a true democracy. As Representative Edolphus Towns (D-NY) said: “The
mere fact that [Sikhs and other minorities] have the right to choose
their oppressors does not mean they live in a democracy.”

Tens of thousands of Sikhs are rotting in Indian jails as political
prisoners without charge or trial. Some of them have been there since
1984! Members of other minorities, especially Kashmiris and Muslims,
are also being held as political prisoners. Why are political prisoners
being held in “the world’s largest democracy?”

Since 1984, the Indian Government has murdered over 250,000 Sikhs. The
U.S. State Department reported in 1984 that the Indian Government paid
over 41,000 cash bounties to police officers for killing Sikhs. The
Indian Government has also murdered more than 200,000 Christians in
Nagaland since 1947, over 65,000 Muslims in Kashmir since 1988, and tens
of thousands of Assamese, Manipuris, Tamils, Dalits, and other

The foundation of democracy is self-determination. Periodically, the
United States holds plebiscites in Puerto Rico to decide that
commonwealth’s political future. Our neighbors in Canada, a fellow
democratic state, have allowed Quebec to decide its political future.
If self-determination is good enough for the people of Puerto Rico and
Quebec, it should be good enough for the people of Punjab Khalistan, of
Kashmir, of Nagaland and of the other minority nations of South Asia.

You have announced that you are going to India next month. I
respectfully request that you use your influence as the leader of the
world’s most powerful nation to secure the release of Sikh political
prisoners and all other political prisoners in India. I also urge you
to work to ensure self-determination for all the nations of South Asia
through a free and fair plebiscite in Khalistan and Kashmir on the
question of independence.

Thank you for your attention and your interest in human rights. God
bless you.


Dr. Gurmit Singh Aulakh
Council of Khalistan
Washington, DC, USA

[Publisher: Information Times, America’s online international daily
newspaper, Washington, DC, U.S.A. – E-Mail: infotimes@… –
Copyright 2000 – InfoTimes Website: http://www.InformationTimes.com ]


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