The revised letter to immediately send to your MP in support of Paramjeet Singh’s safe return to the UK via email or use https://www.writetothem.com is below.
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Dear Your MPs name
Arrest of Paramjeet Singh in Portugal on 18 December 2015
I am writing to you regarding my concerns for the above named person who I understand has been residing in the UK for the past 20 years and granted asylum by the Home Office some 15 years ago. Paramjeet Singh has indefinite leave to remain in the UK and his children aged 4 to 12 are British citizens.
He travelled to Portugal on holiday with his family using a travel document issued by the UK Government under the 1951 Refugee Convention. The attempted extradition by another European country of a person granted political asylum in the UK raises fundamental concerns that have much broader consequences that the UK Government is obliged to challenge.
EU member states also take a firm stand prohibiting extradition to a country still retaining the death penalty. India continues to send people to the gallows with the last hanging earlier this year in July 2015. The UK Government must use all its efforts to ensure Paramjeet Singh is returned to the UK to be reunited with his family as soon as possible and not be accused alongside Portugal of a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights if he is extradited to India where he will almost certainly be subject to torture and possible death.
His constituency MP John Spellar has been assisting the family since his arrest and has shared the following information with officials at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and kept the family updated through community contacts.
Paramjeet arrived in Portugal on the 18th December 2015 with his wife and children for a family holiday and was arrested by Interpol from the hotel where they were staying. He was presented to court the following day and became aware of a request from the Indian authorities to extradite him to India.
Indian media sources claim Paramjeet Singh is wanted for questioning by police in relation to the 2009 death of Rulda Singh, head of the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat, a wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). The RSS is a far-right Indian nationalist group complicit in communal killings and associated with fascism.
The case was already investigated in an 11 month joint investigation with Indian and British police in 2010 and the evidence was unsatisfactory for Paramjeet Singh to be charged.
The British Government has granted Paramjeet Singh asylum as the authorities were convinced his life would be in danger if returned to India. His elder brother was tortured in jail and was subsequently killed in a case which remains unsolved.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has thus far not done enough for Paramjeet Singh and his family by ensuring Paramjeet Singh is returned to the UK. The British authorities appear to have been slow in sharing relevant information with the Portuguese Government, such as why they have given protection to Paramjeet Singh and if extradited he may never see his family and especially his children again.
It is disappointing that the initial court decision in Portugal has been to give the Indian authorities until 4 January 2016 to present evidence for Paramjeet Singh’s extradition when the British authorities already have all the information needed to secure his release and return to the UK.
I would be grateful if you could raise concerns with the Foreign Secretary and the Portuguese Embassy and send me a copy of your letter and any responses. We urge you to request Portugal to return Paramjeet Singh immediately to the UK where he is resident and if India has any case for it be presented to the British courts. The Sikh community believes there is a risk of this happening to others that have been granted political asylum and is extremely anxious.
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