Mayhem in Mumbai – Innocents are the Victims

Ottawa (November 27, 2008) – The World Sikh Organization (WSO) condemns the recent violent attacks in Mumbai, India.  These reprehensible acts of violence against innocent people are an attack on peace loving peoples across the world. 

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WSO Offers Heartfelt Condolences

The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) joins global Sikh community in offering heartfelt condolences and expressing its gratitude for the most valuable services provided by Bhai Amarjit Singh Ahluwalia, in the interests of the Sikh Nation, at a very critical juncture in our history.

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India's Justice System Shows Some Signs of life!

The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) is comforted to know that the High Court in India has sentenced 4 men to life in prison on charges of rioting, murder and conspiracy relating to the deaths of two Sikhs who had their properties looted and were burnt alive on November 1, 1984 in India’s capital, New Delhi. Eighteen years earlier, a trial court had acquitted these men for lack of evidence.

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WSO Condemns Christian/Hindu Violence in Orissa

The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) condemns the deadly violence between Christians and Hindus in Orissa that has followed the assassination of a Hindu leader, Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati. Although police are blaming the assassination on Maoist rebels, local Hindu leaders have blamed the Christian community and called for retaliation. This has led to riots, attacks on Churches as well as homes and businesses owned by Christians, with about a dozen people reportedly killed so far.

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Apology Welcome – Why Not Make it Sincere and Genuine?

The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) commends Prime Minister Harper for participating in ‘Gadri Babeyan Da Mela’ in Surrey, BC for the second time in the past three years. His attendance at the annual festival this past Sunday, August 2, is a worthy recognition of the leadership and active participation displayed by Canadian Sikhs’ in the fight for Indian independence during the early 20th century. Unfortunately, the Prime Minister’s decision to choose this venue to deliver a half hearted apology for the Komogata Maru incident to a crowd of thousands of festival goers has incised the Sikh community. “The political advisors to the Prime Minister miscalculated and underestimated the Sikh community’s sentiments,” said Gurpreet Singh Bal, WSO Canada President.

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Turbans - a proud part of Canada’s Olympic Squad

The World Sikh Organization (WSO) commends Sikh members of Canada’s Olympic team for choosing to hold their turbaned heads high with pride as they march under Canada’s national flag at the Olympic opening ceremonies on Friday the 8th of August.

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INDIA and Human Rights – More Than 4 Detainees KILLED by Police Every Day

The World Sikh Organization (WSO), while expressing disappointment at India’s continuing disregard for human rights, is not surprised by the latest findings on India’s atrocious human rights record by the Asian Center for Human Rights (ACHR). In its report, “Torture in India 2008: A State of Denial,” the ACHR reported that between 2002 and 2007, 7 468 people died or were killed in police custody across India. At least an equal number died in the custody of the Armed Forces. Many of these deaths were attributed to torture, which the ACHR says is widespread across India. According to the ACHR, the response of Indian authorities to claims of torture and custodial deaths has been almost non-existent. In other words, Killing of detainees by police and military is normal business and does not warrant any response.

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Caste Concerns in Cremation Grounds - Totally Contrary to Sikh Teachings

The World Sikh Organization (WSO) expresses shock and outrage at the caste-based discrimination disallowing cremation of Gurdial Kaur in the common cremation grounds in the village of Bholuwala, Punjab.

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Punjabi Press Release Submission by WSO on Temp Help Agency

Punjabi Press Release Submission by WSO on Temp Help Agency


Make Responses to Human Tragedies Free of Political Influence

The World Sikh Organization (WSO) expects Governments to make response to human tragedies free of political influence. What happened in Irrawaddy Delta as a consequence of cyclone ‘Nargis’, on May 2nd, was an unfortunate act of nature, and we all have learnt to accept such unavoidable occurrences beyond human control.

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