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UN confirms receiving over Rs 7.25 lakh donation from pro-Khalistan group Sikhs for Justice

The United Nations has received Rs 7.26 lakh ($10,000) “donation” from the pro-Khalistan outfit Sikhs for Justice. The Centre had banned the SFJ in 2019 on grounds of secessionism.
The donation was reportedly made on March 1.
As per a report, the SFJ was also trying to sway the UN to form a “commission of inquiry” to probe the alleged mistreatment of farmer protesters in India.
The Times of India mentioned a spokesperson for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva as saying that the agency “received a contribution of $10,000 on 1 March from an individual” representing the SFJ group via their “online donation function”.
Generally, “we do not decline online contributions unless they are from groups or individuals listed on UN sanctions lists or the organisation/individual is engaged in activities manifestly contrary to the UN Charter or its principles,” added the spokesperson. Declared as terrorist by India, US-based Gurpatwant Singh Pannun said the Sikh community has pledged a further Rs 9.4 crore ($1.3 million) to set up a UN commission of inquiry (CoI) to probe “India’s use of violence and sedition charges against protesting farmers”.
“As of my knowledge the UN has not established the commission. But we are pursuing the matter through the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights,” the SFJ’s Attorney and General Counsel added.
Meanwhile, the OHCHR spokesperson dismissed having any plan for “such CoI on India”, adding that most of the commission of inquiries are officially formed “with a specific mandate by the 47 member states of the UN Human Rights Council”.
The spokesperson clarified that “any contribution made online by individuals or groups does not oblige OHCHR to carry out any specific activity, especially ones that have not already been decided upon by us and do not exist.”
The OHCHR even offered to return the donation if the SFJ had any false understanding. The outfit, however, responded to the OHCHR and “agreed to allow their contribution to be added to our ‘unearmarked’ income – i.e. money that is used by us to carry out a variety of important general work already decided on and budgeted by the Office,” said the spokesperson.

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