WSO Statement on the Passing of Manmeet Singh Bhullar

The World Sikh Organization of Canada is shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden passing of MLA Manmeet Singh Bhullar today. 

Dr. Amritpal Singh Shergill said today, " Our deepest condolences to Manmeet's wife and family.  Words simply cannot do justice to the loss we are feeling and the void his passing has created. 

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WSO Concerned by Ongoing Arrest & Detention of Sikhs in Punjab

Ottawa (November 22, 2015):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada is deeply concerned by the ongoing arbitrary arrest and detention of Sikhs across Punjab in recent days.  Sikhs who attended the Sarbat Khalsa gathering held on November 10 2015 or who were involved in the mass protests against the desecration of Sri Guru Granth Sahib are being arrested by the Punjab Police and detained under various sections of the Indian Penal Code including sedition and apprehension of breach of peace. 

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Trudeau Cabinet Reflects Diversity of Canada: WSO

Ottawa (November 4, 2015):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada extends its heartfelt congratulations to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his taking of office and to all of today's appointees to the federal cabinet. 

Today was a historic day for Canada.  Prime Minister Trudeau's cabinet for the first time includes an equal number of men and women, and is the most diverse and inclusive group in recent history.

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Sikhs Across Canada to Commemorate Jaswant Singh Khalra

Surrey (October 23, 2015):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada and Sikhs across Canada will gather to remember the 20th anniversary of the murder of Jaswant Singh Khalra on Tuesday October 27, 2015.  

Khalra, a Sikh human rights activist, researched and uncovered the illegal murder and cremation of thousands of young Sikhs by Indian security forces during the 80s and early 90s. On September 6, 1995 after returning from a trip to Canada where he made his evidence public, Khalra was abducted by the Punjab Police from his home. After being in held in custody and tortured for almost two months, he was murdered in custody on October 27, 1995. Superintendent of Police from Tarn Taran, Ajit Sandhu had said “if 25,000 have disappeared, it will be easy to make one more disappear too.”

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WSO Congratulates Justin Trudeau on Election Victory

Ottawa (October 20, 2015):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada offers congratulations to Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada on their impressive victory last night in Canada's 42nd general election.

WSO President, Dr. Amritpal Singh Shergill said today, "We offer our congratulations to Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada on their victory and on securing a majority government.  We look forward to seeing Mr. Trudeau work towards his goals of uniting Canadians and ensuring that Canada remains an open, inclusive and welcoming place for all people.

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WSO Condemns Police Brutality Against Sikh Protestors

Ottawa (October 14, 2015):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada condemns the brutal actions of the Punjab Police in attacking Sikhs protesting the desecration of the Sikh scripture Sri Guru Granth Sahib at village Bargari in District Faridkot, Punjab.  Two protestors were killed and many others were severely injured. 

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WSO Helps 9-Year-Old Sikh Hockey Player Return to Ice

Edmonton (August 31, 2015):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada has helped nine-year-old Shanvir Singh resume playing ice hockey while being able to wear his kirpan. 

Shanvir Singh is an initiated or amritdhari Sikh and wears the Sikh articles of faith, including the kirpan.  He was registered to play in a league organized by the Millwoods Hockey Association.  After his first session, Shanvir Singh's mother, Gurjit Kaur, was told that Shanvir Singh's kirpan had been removed by the coach and placed in his hockey bag.  Gurjit Kaur was told that Shanvir Singh would not be able to wear the kirpan during games nor would he be permitted to bring the kirpan into the hockey arena.

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Inaugural Sikh Youth Leadership Institute a Success

Calgary (August 25, 2015):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada's inaugural Sikh Youth Leadership Institute (SYLI) successfully concluded last week. After taking part in a rigorous application process, twenty Sikh youths between the ages of 18-25, from across Canada, including Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, were selected to take part in the program.  Participants gathered in Calgary from August 14 to 17 to receive leadership training in emotional intelligence, advocacy, community building and social justice. 

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WSO Condemns Gurdaspur Attack

Ottawa (July 27, 2015):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada condemns the terrorist attack on Dinanagar, Gurdaspur in Punjab today.  According to reports,  the attackers, who are alleged to have been members of the Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Taiba , killed eight people after first attacking a Punjab Roadways bus and then the Dinanagar police station.  

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WSO Expresses Concern over Tense Situation in Hassanpur

Ottawa (July 17, 2015):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada expresses its concern over the tense situation in Hassanpur, Punjab, India.  Bapu Surat Singh, an 82-year activist, has been on hunger strike at his home in Hassanpur since January 16, calling for the release of Sikh political prisoners who have served their minimum sentences but remain imprisoned. 

According to reports, a large contingent of army and police has recently been deployed in Hassanpur and all roads to the village have been heavily barricaded as police and civil administration pressure Bapu Surat Singh to end his hunger strike. A group of Sikh activists are also present at Bapu Surat Singh's home, vowing to prevent his arrest.  Bapu Surat Singh had previously been arrested and released after being force-fed.

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