Badal writes to PM on "human rights violations" in France

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Chandigarh, Jan 12 (UNI) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to convey to the French Government to ensure that there were no human rights violations of Indians, especially Punjabis and Sikhs, in that country.

In a letter to Dr Singh, he said cases of racial discrimination against Indians in general and Punjabis and Sikhs in particular have been on the rise. Mr Badal said he had been receiving such complaints from almost all over the world.

In the letter, Mr Badal spoke about several recent incidents of racial discrimination in France, pointing out especially the case of ban on turban in educational institutions in that country.

He urged the Prime Minister to take up the issue with French President Nicolas Sarkozy who would be visiting India on January 26.

Mr Badal hoped that the Government and the people of France firmly believed in sharing liberal ethos incarnated in the values for which people all over the world and the French in particular had fought.

The Chief Minister hoped that Dr Singh would bring to the notice of the visiting dignitary, the issues of violation of basic religious liberties against Sikhs in that country.

He hoped that the French President would not only appreciate their concern in the matter but also take concrete steps to make certain that the image of France in respecting fundamental right to religious freedom was safeguarded.

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