The World Sikh Organization of Canada will be hosting human rights events across Canada in the month of June, including their annual Parliamentary Dinner in Ottawa on Monday June 3rd in Ottawa. This year’s keynote speaker will be leading Punjab human rights activist Rajvinder S. Bains.Read more
By Balpreet Singh (Legal Counsel, WSO)
Punjabi Version follows English
Recently, I have received several inquiries about the Bhinder case that was decided by the Supreme Court of Canada in 1985. Apparently, some individuals have suggested to the Punjabi media that S. Karnail Singh Bhinder had in fact “won” the case but that neither he nor the community had known of this before. Further it has also been suggested that since 1985 the Bhinder case has been used against the community in turban cases even though the Supreme Court of Canada had “allowed” the turban in place of the hard hat. This information is incorrect.Read more
They say a picture speaks a thousand words. The iconic picture of a Sikh being stoned and beaten on the streets of Delhi in November 1984 is in many ways representative of the terror and carnage that took place twenty eight years ago. How could the thousands of Sikhs who were attacked and killed have ever known that members of their own government were organizing mobs, providing them with municipal lists and kerosene and leading them on a murderous spree that lasted almost an entire week?Read more
After being contacted by a Sikh whose turban was aggressively patted down during security screening at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, the World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) has been in contact with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) for a clarification on screening procedures for the turban in Canadian airports.Read more
After sending an urgent appeal to the Canadian, German and Indian governments last week to save Prof. Davinderpal Singh Bhullar's life, WSO has received a reply from German Ambassador Werner Wnendt in which he has stated, "[o]n April 12, 2013, the same day the Supreme Court of India has refused to relief Prof. Bhullar from the death penalty, the Federal President, Joachim Gauck, has talked to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in order to plead his case. Germany will continue to talk to India on the highest level about this case."Read more
Once again this year on March 14th, the Gurpurb of Sri Guru Har Rai, Sikhs across the world will be marking Sikh Environment Day. This initiative was started by EcoSikh, a US & India based organization. The Sikhs highest temporal authority, Sri Akal Takht Sahib, now officially recognizes March 14th as Sikh Environment Day and encourages Sikhs all over the world to participate in this initiative which promotes environmental awareness about issues facing our world.