WSO Welcomes New Office of Human Rights, Freedoms & Inclusion

Ottawa (May 17, 2016):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada welcomes the Government of Canada's launch of the Office of Human Rights, Freedoms and Inclusion (OHRFI).  OHRFI is the successor to the Office of Religious Freedoms. 

It was announced today that OHRFI will encompass Human Rights and Indigenous Affairs, Inclusion and Religious Freedom, and Democracy.

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WSO Condemns Murder of Pakistani-Sikh Legislator

Ottawa (April 23, 2016):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada condemns the killing of Pakistani-Sikh legislator Sardar Soran Singh.  Sardar Soran Singh was the Minister of Minorities in Khyber-Paktunkhwa province, for the ruling Pakistan-Tehreek Insaf party. The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for the assassination. 

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The World Sikh Organization of Canada Welcomes The Coming Official Apology for the Komagata Maru Incident

Ottawa – (April 12, 2016)

The World Sikh Organization of Canada welcomes the news that an official apology by the Office of the Prime Minister in the House of Commons is forthcoming in the following weeks. The Komagata Maru incident has been a blemish in Canadian history when fear, xenophobia and racism dictated immigration policies, blocking a ship of legally landed migrants from entering Canada. 

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WSO Expresses Concern Following Attack on Sikh in Quebec City

(Ottawa, April 1st, 2016) The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) was alerted today to an incident where a turbaned Sikh male, Supininder Singh Khehra was assaulted in an unprovoked attack in Quebec City. The cell phone video footage shows four men verbally harassing Mr. Khehra as he was walking down the street. The attackers then followed Mr. Khehra in their vehicle and proceeded to surround him where they physically attacked him.

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WSO Welcomes Ontario Ban on Carding

(Ottawa – March 23, 2016) The World Sikh Organization of Canada welcomes Ontario's ban on random stopping of citizens by police, a practice known as carding or street checks. Ontario Community Safety Minister Yasir Naqvi, making the announcement yesterday, noted that the changes will be effective January 1, 2017 and are designed to be the "first right-based framework surrounding police interactions in Ontario's history".

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WSO Helps Create Kirpan Accommodation at Canadian NHL Arenas

1958364_10154011027955001_259875040_n.jpgOttawa (March 16, 2016):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada has worked with NHL hockey arenas across Canada to implement kirpan accommodation procedures for Sikh guests. 

Beginning in the 2015-16 NHL season, arenas were instructed to introduce airport-style security screening of guests, including walk-through metal detectors.  The WSO began working with arenas across Canada on creating a suitable accommodation for Sikh guests that would balance security with freedom of religion and the Sikhs' obligation to wear the kirpan.

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WSO Convention Passes Torch to Next Generation

Mukhbir SinghOttawa – (March 2, 2016) The World Sikh Organization of Canada held its biennial convention on Saturday February 27, 2016, in Mississauga, Ontario, where for the first time in its 32-year history a Canadian born Sikh was selected to lead the organization. Mukhbir Singh was unanimously chosen to serve as President for the next two years.

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Sikhs Deliver Valentines Care Packages to Shelters Across Canada

12687910_573929786097264_2064011335622378838_n.jpgOttawa (February 15, 2016):  Sikhs across Canada, in partnership with the World Sikh Organization of Canada and community organizations joined to take part in the One Billion Rising movement by providing care packages, treats and baked goods to approximately 1500 women and children in shelters in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.   Valentine’s cards prepared by Sikh children accompanied the packages. 

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WSO Calls on Portugal to Not Extradite Sikh Activist

Ottawa (February 8, 2016):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada wrote last week to the Portuguese Ambassador to Canada regarding the extradition of Paramjeet Singh Saini.  Saini, a permanent resident of the UK, was arrested in Portugal at the request of Indian authorities who are now demanding his extradition in relation to a 2009 murder.  The WSO has called on Portugal to return Saini to his family in the UK as he faces well-founded threats of torture and even death if returned to India.

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WSO & Interfaith Partners Express Support for Office of Religious Freedoms

Ottawa (January 22, 2016):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada, on behalf of Canadian Sikhs, has joined with Canada’s Jewish and Ahmadiyya Muslim communities in expressing support for the Office of Religious Freedom in a joint letter to the Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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