Said Cllr Durkan: “The strong cross-party support for this solidarity motion is reflective of the valued contribution of the Sikh community to day-to-day living in Derry and Strabane through their work as well as their generous support of local charities and organisations.
“The motion addressed issues that are of huge importance not only to the Sikh community, but to all communities committed to upholding democracy and human rights.
“So many councillors, and indeed citizens, can share their personal experiences of the hospitality of the Sikh community here.
“Over the past few months, I have been learning about the escalating violence at the hands of the state towards Indian famers in Delhi and beyond as a result of protests against controversial agricultural reform bills.
“Many of these protestors are elderly and desperately worried about livelihoods and the future for their families.
“In spite of attempts by the Indian government to curtail coverage of the protests in international mainstream media, we are hearing of some particularly disturbing stories around the detention of female journalists and activists.
“This is simply unacceptable and must be called out.”
Miss Durkan added: “The local Sikh community members are rightly proud of the nomination of Khalsa Aid International for the Nobel Peace Prize.
“This organisation is currently delivering vital on-the-ground aid at the farmers’ protests in India.
“For over two decades, people all around the world, from all faith backgrounds and none, have been supported by Khalsa Aid in response to natural disasters and conflict situations.
“Our city and district is based on good community relations.
“We are continuing to build an inclusive society based on mutual respect, and enriched by cultural diversity.”