SIT Report Another Dead-End for Victims of 1984 Sikh Genocide: WSO

Ottawa (January 25, 2020):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada views the Report by the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by former Delhi High Court judge, Justice S.N. Dhingra as another dead-end for the victims of the 1984 Sikh Genocide. 

Although the Report has been submitted to the Government of India under “sealed covers,” details have emerged in the Indian media. 

The latest SIT, the 11th commission of inquiry into the 1984 Sikh Genocide, was struck by the Supreme Court of India in January 2018 and was mandated to prepare its report by March 2018.  The long-delayed Report found that none of the 199 riot cases it investigated - accounting for 426 murders, can be re-opened or investigated afresh.  The SIT found that the “lack of interest shown by the police and by the authorities in handling these cases” during the initial stages and the way in which the judiciary “routinely” handed out acquittals to those accused, resulted in “no possibility of further investigation” in any of the 199 cases.

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WSO Condemns Attack on Gurdwara Janam Asthan- Nankana Sahib

Ottawa (January 3, 2020):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada condemns the attack on Gurdwara Janam Asthan, Sri Nankana Sahib in Pakistan, today.  Gurdwara Janam Asthan is the birth place of the founder of the Sikh faith, Sri Guru Nanak Dev.

According to reports, a mob of protestors surrounded and pelted stones at Gurdwara Janam Asthan today.  Sikhs celebrating the birth gurpurab of Sri Guru Gobind Singh were stranded inside the gurdwara.  Members of the mob were also recorded threatening to evict all Sikhs from Nanakana Sahib and to build a mosque in place of the historical gurdwara. 

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WSO & Community Partners Call for Accommodation of Sikh Paramedics in Ontario

Toronto (December 18, 2019):  The WSO and several community organizations, including the Centre for Israel & Jewish Affairs (CIJA), National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), Bahá’í Community of Canada and The Mosaic Institute, have written to Ontario Minister of Health Christine Elliott, calling for the accommodation of Sikh paramedics and others who maintain beards as a part of their religious observance. 

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WSO Writes to Minister Garneau About Racism at Transport Canada

Ottawa (December 12, 2019):  Following the release of a CBC News report entitled “Transport Canada investigates ‘racist’ song shared in no-fly list office 10 years after the fact”, the WSO has written to Transport Minister Marc Garneau expressing concern over the way the matter was handled.

According to the story, only last year, an official from Transport Canada looked into whether a racist email that was shared internally in 2008, undermined the integrity of Transport Canada’s involvement in the no-fly list program.

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WSO Statement on Results of 43rd Canadian General Election

Ottawa (October 22, 2019):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada offers congratulations to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on being re-elected in Canada's 43rd general election.  The Liberal Party of Canada will return to Parliament Hill with a minority government. 

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WSO Selects New Board and President for 2020-21

Ottawa – (October 7, 2019) The World Sikh Organization of Canada held its biennial convention on Saturday October 5, 2019 in Ottawa.  WSO delegates from across Canada gathered to discuss current challenges facing Canadian Sikhs and to select Tejinder Singh Sidhu as the next President of the organization. 

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WSO Welcomes Passing of Calgary Resolution Against Quebec’s Bill 21

Calgary (September 30, 2019):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada welcomes the passing of a Resolution against Quebec’s Bill 21 by Calgary City Council.  The Resolution states, “BE IT RESOLVED that Calgary City Council Oppose Quebec’s Bill 21 and continue to support building a welcoming city where everyone has access to opportunity and prosperity.”

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L'Organisation mondiale des Sikhs du Canada se joint à la contestation de la Loi sur la laïcité de l’État

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Montréal (le 15 août 2019) : L’Organisation mondiale des Sikhs du Canada et sa vice-présidente pour le Québec, Mme Amrit Kaur, ont annoncé aujourd’hui qu’ils se joignent à la contestation judiciaire de la Loi sur la laïcité de l’État. En déposant leur acte d’intervention, l’Organisation mondiale des Sikhs du Canada et Mme Kaur demandent à intervenir à titre de parties à l’instance qui avait été introduite par l’Association canadienne des libertés civiles, le Conseil national des musulmans canadiens et Mme Ichrak Nourel Hak.

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WSO Deeply Concerned By India's Revoking of Kashmir's Autonomy

Ottawa (August 5, 2019):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada is deeply concerned by the Government of India’s revocation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. Article 370 gave the State of Jammu & Kashmir the right to its own constitution and decision-making processes for all matters except defence, communications and foreign affairs.  Article 370 dates back to 1949 when Kashmir agreed to become part of the Indian Union on the condition that it would retain a degree of autonomy.

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Silence of Federal Leaders on Passing of Bill 21 'Deafening': WSO

Ottawa (June 19, 2019):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada is shocked by the silence of Canadian federal leaders over the passing of Bill 21- An Act respecting the laicity of the State by the Coalition Avenir Quebec government banning the wearing of religious symbols.  Bill 21 restricts the wearing of ‘religious symbols’ by public servants in positions of authority such as police officers, judges, prosecutors and also school teachers and principals, among others.  The Government of Quebec has also invoked the notwithstanding clause, allowing it to override freedom of religion protections enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms. 

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