World Sikh Organization Urges Quebec Assembly to Vote Down Kirpan Ban

Ottawa (February 8, 2011) – The World Sikh Organization of Canada is hoping Members of Quebec’s National Assembly will vote down a PQ motion to ban kirpans from the legislature.

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World Sikh Organization Excluded from Quebec National Assembly

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC–(Jan. 18, 2011) – Today the World Sikh Organization of Canada was excluded from the Quebec National Assembly and prevented from speaking in favour of religious accommodation for veiled Muslim women because the Sikhs also wear articles of faith the Assembly has prohibited in its government buildings. WSO was scheduled to make a presentation on Bill 94 which would deny essential government services, public employment, educational opportunities and health care to individuals who wear facial coverings.

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WSO protests visa for Indian politician with tainted human rights record

Ottawa (January 17, 2011):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada has written a letter of protest to Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney over government plans to host an Indian politician who was implicated in the massacre of more than 1,000 Muslim citizens in 2002 and was barred from visiting the U.S. in 2005. 

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WSO Expresses Concern at Conviction of Indian Human Rights Activist

Ottawa (December 24, 2010): The World Sikh Organization of Canada expresses its concern at the conviction of human rights activist Dr. Binayak Sen in Chhatisgarh India on charges of treason and sedition.

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World Sikh Organization Statement on International Human Rights Day

Ottawa (December 10, 2010): The World Sikh Organization of Canada and Canadian Sikhs join the rest of the world in marking International Human Rights Day 2010. 62 years ago on this day, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which guarantees amongst other rights, the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion, the right to freedom of opinion and expression and the right to be free from torture.

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World Sikh Organization Disappointed by ‘Air India Action Plan’

Ottawa: (December 7, 2010) The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) is disappointed by the Government of Canada’s ‘Air India Action Plan’. The Plan omits many of the key recommendations made by Justice John Major’s report including the establishment of a National Security Adviser, universal air cargo screening and appropriate compensation for the victims’ families.

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Statement By The WSO on The National Day of Remembrance and Action On Violence Against Women

Ottawa December 6, 2010: The World Sikh Organization of Canada commemorates the National Day of Remembrance and Action Violence Against Women. On December 6, 1989, a gunman opened fire and took the lives of 14 innocent young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal.

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Obama Head-Covering Controversy Unnecessary: WSO

Ottawa October 20, 2010:  The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) is disappointed to learn that US President Barack Obama may cancel his visit to Sri Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple)  in Amritsar India due to concerns over the Sikh tradition of covering the head.  While all people, regardless of background, religion, gender or class are welcome to visit Gurdwaras (Sikh places of worship), visitors must cover their heads as per Sikh tradition.  According to news reports, President Obama’s visit has been cancelled due to fears that by covering his head, the President may be mistaken to be a Muslim.

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Sikh group disappointed Liberal MP won’t identify so-called extremists

September 17, 2010 Ottawa: The World Sikh Organization of Canada is disappointed that a B.C. Liberal MP who claims there is rising Sikh extremism in Canada was “unavailable” to provide proof of his claims on CBC television.

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Sikh group braces for racist backlash in the wake of Canadian MP’s claims

Ottawa: The World Sikh Organization of Canada is concerned that a new film highlighting a B.C. MP’s claims that Canada harbours a Sikh extremist movement will prompt another round of racist attacks on Canada’s more than 400,000 Sikhs.

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