Secure the release of Canadian Journalist Baltej Pannu in India
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WHEREAS reputable Canadian journalist and Canadian citizen Baltej Pannu has previously spoken out against the human rights violations of the Indian government and local police authorities in the state of Punjab, as well as the drug trade and links to governmental corruption in India.
WHEREAS Baltej Pannu has previously received threats of violence from current members of security for government ministers in India, and threats of retaliation for his outspoken reporting on the human rights violations of the Indian government and local police authorizes in the state of Punjab.
WHEREAS Baltej Pannu has recently been arrested on unsubstantiated criminal charges in Punjab, India.
WE the undersigned petition the Federal Government of Canada, as follows:
THAT the Federal Government of Canada remains committed to the freedom of the press and the protection of our Canadian journalists both domestically and internationally by securing the immediate release of Canadian journalist Baltej Pannu, currently under arrest in Punjab, India and his safe return to Canada.
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