Hashtag #FreeJaggiNow is Going Viral : Leading politicians and celebrities standing with and supporting Jaggi

By 18th November 2017 0 Comments

Sikhs across the world are sharing their angst at hearing about the case of Jagtar Singh, recognised as yet another all too familiar tale of a Sikh activist being detained based on spurious claims by the Indian state, with the hashtag #FreeJaggiNow going viral.

Leading Canadian politicians standing with and supporting the #FreeJaggiNow campaign.
Nicola Sturgeon urged to help Sikh man Jagtar Singh Johal after ‘electrocution torture’ in India.

NDP MP Cheryl Hardcastle (Windsor-Tecumseh) has asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, to look into the matter of Jagtar Singh Johal and offer immediate support to her counterparts in the UK.
Johal was allegedly forcibly abducted by members of the Punjab Police in India. The letter comes after MPs in the United Kingdom and members of the Punjab Legislative Assembly highlighted allegations of torture by Johal’s legal team.
“I respectfully request that your government help to uphold basic human rights and help your UK counterparts to ensure due process is followed.” said Hardcastle. “We hope that Jagtar Singh Johal is granted a fair trial, is allowed access to an independent medical examiner as requested by his legal team, and is not subjected to any further torture while in custody of Punjab Police.”
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh emphasized that the respect of human rights is fundamental to all New Democrats and Canadians.
“Even the allegation of torture should rattle a lover of democracy and human rights to their innermost core,” said Singh on Twitter, adding “That is why reports of torture including electrocution of Jagtar Singh Johal by Indian Authorities is deeply chilling & requires immediate attention.”

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