In December 2020, 3 UK born Sikh human rights activists, from the West Midlands (#WestMidlands3) were arrested with the intention to be extradited to India.
If extradited, the West Midlands 3 will face torture, will be ill-treated and could face the death penalty for a politically motivated and sinister extradition based on fabricated evidence and false charges.
The desire of the UK government to secure trade deals with India has meant Britain turning a blind eye to human rights violations in India. In fact, the UK is being forced to extradite 3 British Sikh citizens to India for a crime they did not commit.
The politically motivated extradition of the West Midlands 3 has been condemned by human rights organisations and they have stated human lives are being sacrificed for trade deals.
The incident in question was already investigated in 2010 by the British authorities and the West Midlands 3 were not charged and acquitted in the same case.
Since then, no new evidence has come to light and the extradition is being sought 11 years later.
The UK government has for the first time signed and executed a warrant to extradite British Sikhs, setting therefore a dangerous precedent. This decision will impact Sikhs living in the UK for generations.
A court hearing of the West Midlands 3 begins in September 2021 at Westminister Magistrates Court.
If you stand for human rights and want to help the West Midlands 3 then join the campaign by following Sikh Human Rights on their social media accounts, or visit www.SikhHumanRights.com