25 Canadian MPs Call for Special Refugee Program for Afghan Sikhs & Hindus

Ottawa (July 29, 2020):  25 Canadian MPs, from the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC), New Democratic Party of Canada (NDP) and the Green Party have written to Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino calling for a special program for Afghan Sikh and Hindu refugees so that they can be brought to safety in Canada.

The letter expresses “concern about the existential threat to religious minorities in Afghanistan, specifically, Sikhs and Hindus.”

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WSO Releases Report on Indian Crackdown on Sikh Social Media

Ottawa (July 20, 2020):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada has released a report on the crackdown on Sikh social media by Indian authorities. The report entitled “Enforcing Silence:  India’s War on Sikh Social Media” examines recent developments and offers suggestions to social media platforms with respect to Sikh content.

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WSO Raises Concerns Over Indian Interference in Canada

Ottawa (April 17, 2020) The World Sikh Organization of Canada is deeply disturbed by a report published today by Global News revealing that Indian intelligence agencies “attempted to use money and disinformation to “covertly influence” Canadian politicians”.

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WSO Calls For Urgent Assistance to Afghan Sikhs After Kabul Attack

Ottawa (March 25, 2020): The World Sikh Organization of Canada is deeply saddened by the terrorist attack on Gurdwara Guru Har Rai in Shor Bazaar, Kabul, Afghanistan, today. Several attackers raided the gurdwara premises shortly before 8am and according to reports, killed at least 23 Sikhs. Afghan security forces continue to engage in a gun battle with the attackers.

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Sikh One Billion Rising Seva Initiative Prepares 2300 Care Packages Across Canada

Ottawa (February 27, 2020):  For the seventh consecutive year, Sikhs across Canada, in partnership with the World Sikh Organization of Canada, took part in the One Billion Rising movement by preparing over 2300 care packages for  women and children in shelters in 11 Canadian cities:  Surrey, Vancouver, Kamloops, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Guelph, London, Ottawa and Montreal.  Personal care items, edibles and handmade Valentine’s cards prepared by Sikh children accompanied the packages. 

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WSO Welcomes Tabling of Sikh Genocide Awareness Week Bill in Ontario Legislature

Toronto (February 26, 2020):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada welcomes the tabling of An Act to Proclaim Sikh Genocide Awareness Week in the Ontario Legislature.  The Private Members’ Bill was tabled today by Brampton East MPP Gurratan Singh and calls for the proclamation of the first seven days of November as Sikh Genocide Awareness Week. 

The Bill recognizes that Sikhs continue to be impacted by the genocide and other atrocity crimes perpetrated by the Government of India both in 1984 and in the decade that followed. 

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India Must Ensure a Stop to Delhi Violence: WSO

Ottawa (February 25, 2020):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada is gravely concerned by the deteriorating situation in Delhi, India.  According to news reports, mobs shouting “Jai Shri Ram” have attacked Muslim homes and businesses in Muslim populated areas in north-east Delhi and also set a mosque ablaze in Delhi’s Ashok Nagar.  Reporters themselves have in many cases been attacked or asked to prove that they are not Muslims.  Indian police have been ineffective in controlling the violence and in some cases have been recorded siding with the mobs and attacking Muslims.  Thirteen deaths have so far been reported. 

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SIT Report Another Dead-End for Victims of 1984 Sikh Genocide: WSO

Ottawa (January 25, 2020):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada views the Report by the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by former Delhi High Court judge, Justice S.N. Dhingra as another dead-end for the victims of the 1984 Sikh Genocide. 

Although the Report has been submitted to the Government of India under “sealed covers,” details have emerged in the Indian media. 

The latest SIT, the 11th commission of inquiry into the 1984 Sikh Genocide, was struck by the Supreme Court of India in January 2018 and was mandated to prepare its report by March 2018.  The long-delayed Report found that none of the 199 riot cases it investigated - accounting for 426 murders, can be re-opened or investigated afresh.  The SIT found that the “lack of interest shown by the police and by the authorities in handling these cases” during the initial stages and the way in which the judiciary “routinely” handed out acquittals to those accused, resulted in “no possibility of further investigation” in any of the 199 cases.

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WSO Condemns Attack on Gurdwara Janam Asthan- Nankana Sahib

Ottawa (January 3, 2020):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada condemns the attack on Gurdwara Janam Asthan, Sri Nankana Sahib in Pakistan, today.  Gurdwara Janam Asthan is the birth place of the founder of the Sikh faith, Sri Guru Nanak Dev.

According to reports, a mob of protestors surrounded and pelted stones at Gurdwara Janam Asthan today.  Sikhs celebrating the birth gurpurab of Sri Guru Gobind Singh were stranded inside the gurdwara.  Members of the mob were also recorded threatening to evict all Sikhs from Nanakana Sahib and to build a mosque in place of the historical gurdwara. 

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WSO & Community Partners Call for Accommodation of Sikh Paramedics in Ontario

Toronto (December 18, 2019):  The WSO and several community organizations, including the Centre for Israel & Jewish Affairs (CIJA), National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), Bahá’í Community of Canada and The Mosaic Institute, have written to Ontario Minister of Health Christine Elliott, calling for the accommodation of Sikh paramedics and others who maintain beards as a part of their religious observance. 

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