Sikh Council UK are delighted to share the following information with you (below and attached) in relation to amended regulation using hand held metal detection equipment:

Please note this the amendment will come into effect on 25 February 2013

COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) No 104/2013 of 4 February 2013 amending Regulation (EU) No 185/2010 as regards the screening of passengers and persons other than passengers by Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) equipment in combination with Hand Held Metal Detection (HHMD) equipment (Text with EEA relevance)

 

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Regulation (EC) No 300/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2008 on common rules in the field of civil aviation security and repealing Regulation (EC) No 2320/2002 ( 1 ), and in particular Article 4(3) thereof, Whereas:

 

(1) Commission Regulation (EC) No 272/2009 of 2 April 2009 supplementing the common basic standards on civil aviation security laid down in the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 300/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council ( 2 ) provides that the implementing rules to be adopted pursuant to Article 4(3) of Regulation (EC) No 300/2008 may allow the use of explosive trace detection (ETD) equipment and hand held metal detection (HHMD) equipment for screening of persons (passengers and persons other than passengers).

 

(2) Experience has shown that hand searches of passengers and persons other than passengers are not always the most efficient means of screening certain parts of the person, in particular where those parts are not readily accessible such as certain headgear, plaster casts or prosthesis.

 

(3) Trials have demonstrated the effectiveness of the combined use of ETD and HHMD in such cases. Moreover, the use of ETD and HHMD may facilitate the screening process and be experienced to be a less intrusive means of screening than a hand search, thus constituting an improvement in the experience of persons screened.

 

(4) It is thus useful and justified to allow these methods for screening of those parts of the person where a hand search is considered inefficient and/or undesirable such as certain headgear, plaster casts or prosthesis.

 

(5) This Regulation respects the fundamental rights and observes the principles recognised by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, notably the human dignity, the freedom of religion, the non- discrimination, the rights of persons with disabilities, and the right to liberty and security. In so far as it limits those rights and principles, such limitation is made genuinely to meet objectives of general interest and the need to protect the rights and freedoms of others, respecting the conditions laid down in Article 52 of the Charter. This Regulation must be applied in accordance with those rights and principles.

 

(6) Commission Regulation (EU) No 185/2010 ( 3 ) should therefore be amended accordingly.

 

(7) The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Committee on Civil Aviation Security set up by Article 19(1) of Regulation (EC) No 300/2008,

 

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

 

Article 1

The Annex to Regulation (EU) No 185/2010 is amended in accordance with the Annex to this Regulation.

 

Article 2

This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

 

Done at Brussels, 4 February 2013.

For the Commission

The President

José Manuel BARROSOEN 5.2.2013 Official Journal of the European Union L 34/13

( 1 ) OJ L 97, 9.4.2008, p. 72.

( 2 ) OJ L 91, 3.4.2009, p. 7.

( 3 ) OJ L 55, 5.3.2010, p. 1.

 

ANNEX

The Annex to Regulation (EU) No 185/2010 is amended as follows:

(1) letter (f) is added to point 1.3.1.1 as follows:

‘(f) explosive trace detection (ETD) equipment combined with hand held metal detection (HHMD) equipment.’;

(2) point 1.3.1.2 is replaced by the following:

‘1.3.1.2. Points 4.1.1.3 – 4.1.1.6 and 4.1.1.10 – 4.1.1.11 shall apply to the screening of persons other than passengers.’;

(3) letter (e) is added to point 4.1.1.2 as follows:

‘(e) explosive trace detection (ETD) equipment combined with hand held metal detection (HHMD) equipment.’;

(4) new point 4.1.1.11 with the following wording is added:

‘4.1.1.11. Explosive trace detection (ETD) equipment in combination with hand held metal detection (HHMD) equipment may only be used in cases where the screener considers a hand search of a given part of the person to be inefficient and/or undesirable.’.EN L 34/14 Official Journal of the European Union 5.2.2013

The Sikh Council UK today called for comprehensive and urgent action by the next Punjab Government following the leak of the findings of the Justice Zora Singh Commission.

The Commission was established in October 2015 by the Punjab Government following the desecrations of the holy Sikh scriptures the Guru Granth Sahib in Punjab and the subsequent killings of unarmed Sikhs who had gathered to protest against the desecrations

The principal findings and recommendations of the Commission were that: –

> The investigations by the Punjab Police into the incidents of the desecrations of Guru Granth Sahib at villages Burj Jawahar Singh Wala and Bargari were flawed and improper

> Punjab Police officers fired riffle bullets at Sikhs protesting the desecrations at Kotakpura
Chowk injuring seven including Ajit Singh grievously

> The Punjab Police subsequently failed to provide CCTV footage to the Commission in relation
to the events at Kotakpura Chowk giving inconsistent reasons why it was not available

> Punjab Police officers fired riffle bullets from point blank range of approximately a yard out at unarmed Sikhs who were sitting on the floor peacefully protesting at the desecrations at Behbal Kalan killing Gurjeet Singh and Krishan Bhagwan Singh and injuring six others some grievously

> The firing upon ‘defenceless protestors’ sitting on the floor at Behbal Kalan was ‘absolutely unwarranted’ and ‘beyond comprehension’ and not in self-defence as alleged by the Punjab Police; the Punjab Police officers interviewed provided inconsistent and false testimonies to the Commission in relation to the events at Behbal Kalan

> The Punjab Police failed to undertake any alternative crowd control measures in the courses of policing the protests at Behbal Kalan such as loud speaker warnings or use of watercannons, tear-gas, latti charge, firing in the air, use of rubber bullets etc.

> The Commission recommended a criminal investigation is undertaken to identify the police officers responsible for the firings including reviewing the complicity of the SSP in charge Charanjit Singh Sharma and that charges are laid against the offenders before a court of law within 6 months

Sikh Council UK Chair of Indian Subcontinent Affairs Sub-committee Gurdial Singh Atwal said “It is shocking that the Commission report has laid dormant for the past year with the Akali-BJP Punjab Government despite the clear findings. We are calling for immediate action by the next Punjab Government to implement the recommendations of the Commission against the guilty officials and also calling for a high level and independent investigation to be undertaken as a matter of urgency into the deliberate desecrations of religious scriptures that have occurred in recent years within Punjab”.

He added “It has been alleged the inaction of the Punjab authorities to bring the culprits to justice has been motivated by political calculations in the lead up to upcoming state elections in Punjab by way of seeking to gain the favour of political block voting of certain anti-Sikh groups whose members have even been suspected of having involvement in the incidents of desecrations. These allegations have gained more traction in recent days in light of the decision of the Dera Sacha Sauda cult group to support the Akali-BJP alliance political parties in the impending election following the visit by a number of prospective candidates of Shiromani Akali Dal to the Dera Sacha Sauda to garner the votes of the followers of this group in flagrant breach of the 2007 Hukamnama (edict) of the Akal Takhat which mandated Sikhs to socially and politically boycott this group for its anti-Sikh activities. We are calling upon the Akal Takhat to summon those Sikh representatives of the Shiromani Akali Dal for defying the Hukamnama”.

The Sikh Council United Kingdom is a democratically elected accountable national organisation which was inaugurated on the 11th December 2010 following 6 months of consultation with Community Leaders across UK. It was set up due to popular public demand to deal with issues affecting the Sikh Community in UK and Europe as a united voice and single platform. An official Parliamentary launch of the Council took place on 22nd June 2011 at the Houses of Parliament.

On 26th November 2011 Sikh Council UK organised the Pan-European Sikh Summit in Paris where Sikh representatives from across Europe attended and signed an accord and declaration to work together with consensus in addressing issues relating to the Sikh Community across Europe.

General Assembly Meeting of Sikh Council UK

The General Assembly of Sikh Council UK will take place on Saturday 6th October 2012 during which the second administration will be formed.

Exetnded closing date: Renewals for memberships and new memberships closing date is now 8th September 2012. Click here for Affiliation Forms: SCUK-Affiliation-Forms (1)

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