Indian Government Pressed
on Human Rights Situation by Leading British Asians
Press Release July 30th, 2002
Leading members of Britain's Asian community are
meeting on India's Independence Day (August 15th) to consider measures
to foster reconciliation between communities in India. They will also
be calling on the Delhi government to act more firmly against the abuse
of human rights in India.
"It is time for the silent majority to speak up over events in Gujarat .
The Indian Government must allow full access to all who are seeking to
establish the truth, especially the human rights agencies. We have nothing
to hide," says Dr Prem Sharma, Chairman of India Development Trust
and a leading member of Britain's Asian community.
Dr Sharma will be one of the speakers at: INDIAN INDEPENDENCE? HEALING THE WOUNDS
A Conference on Human rights and Minorities in India
August 15th, 2002 at the Gandhi Hall, Indian YMCA
Other speakers include Lord Desai of the London School of Economics,
Harsh Mander, ActionAid India, Ram Narayan Kumar, human
rights activist, Maja Daruwala, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative,
John Dayal, journalist, and Sir Gulam Noon, Noon Products
Ltd. Gopal Menon will screen his documentary film on Gujarat.
The conference has been organised by a group of British
Asian business and charity leaders with the aim of highlighting issues
of human rights abuse in Gujarat and their relevance to human rights and
the treatment of minorities in India. It will also seek to analyse and
reflect on the causes of conflict and look for practical ways to bring
truth and reconciliation between different groups, both in India and the
"Our aim is not to polarise but to acknowledge and condemn communalism,
whichever side it comes from, " comments Dr Sharma. "But this
conference is not just to formulate principles which all will easily agree
on. We need to take the message out to the field, to where people are,
in their local communities, to help them deal with the issues there."
Attendance at the conference is by invitation only.
Further details from
South Asian Development Partnership
PO Box 43, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5WL
Tel 0208 770 9717 Fax 0208 770 9747 Email firstname.lastname@example.org