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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World Sikh Organization Welcomes Apology for Komagata Maru Incident

The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) welcomes the long awaited apology for the Komagata Maru incident by the government of British Columbia.  The Sikh community has been waiting for 94 long years to see some accountability for this tragic incident.

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Sikhism A Faith of Tolerance and Respect for All

The World Sikh Organisation (WSO) expresses its concern over the decision of the Akal Academy in Punjab to force non-Sikh students to wear turbans, an essential part of the Sikh identity. Sikhism is a faith of tolerance and respect for all others. “Freedom of religion and freedom of speech are cornerstones of the Sikh faith said,” Ram Raghbir Singh Chahal, WSO’s International President.

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WSO Reminds India to Clean up its "Abysmal" Human Rights Record Rather than Complain to Silence Canadian Sikhs

The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) expresses concern at unacceptable attempts by the Indian Government to silence “freedom of speech”, a fundamental right of Canadian-Sikhs.

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India’s Abysmal Human Rights Record Under Scrutiny

The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) supports the efforts of Human Rights Watch in asking United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) to impress upon India to improve its 'abysmal' human rights record. On Monday, April 7th, 2007, The New York based Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on the UNHRC to demand that India accept the recommendation of various government-appointed experts and repeal the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, "which has allowed widespread human rights violations by security forces with impunity" as well as immunity clauses in Indian law.

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World Sikh Organization Condemns Fear mongering by India’s Prime Minister

The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) expresses concern over Indian Prime Minister’s widely reported alarmist and shocking statements alluding to some mythical concentration of frightening terrorist forces among Canadian Sikhs.

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Ontario Helmet Decision Throws Religious Rights and Freedoms Back to "Pre-CHARTER Days"

The World Sikh Organization of Canada expresses disappointment with today's decision by the Ontario Court of Justice against Baljinder Singh Badesha and his struggle to wear his turban while riding the motorcycle. The turban is an important Sikh article of faith that is not covered by any other object.

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Air India Inquiry - Missed Opportunity

On January 31, 2008, the World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) filed its final submissions in the Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182, citing concerns about the lack of due process. The WSO was given leave to protect the reputational interests of the Sikh community, and to comment on all aspects of the terms of Reference.

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Banning of Kirpans in Courthouses Unacceptable

The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) is very concerned that Tejinder Singh Sidhu was denied entry into the Calgary Courthouse because of his wearing of the kirpan. Mr. Sidhu had been subpoenaed to testify as a witness but was denied the opportunity to fulfill his civic duty because of a prohibition on the kirpan.

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World Sikh Organization Extends Condolences

The Sikh community of Canada joins the nation of Pakistan and all friends of democracy in mourning the tragic death of Mrs. Benazir Bhutto.

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