Sikhism - A Faith of Tolerance and Respect for All

Ottawa – May 9, 2009: The World Sikh Organization (WSO) expresses deep concern over unfortunate developments that have claimed one human life and threatened others, at a place of religious worship, in Vienna, Austria.

WSO rejects resort to violence and unlawful activities to resolve any differences or disputes, more so, when a place of worship is the scene or subject of such conflict.

The latest reports of amplified violent ripple effects in Punjab are worrisome and WSO urges government authorities in India to take effective steps to prevent any further loss of life and property, without unduly restricting freedoms, liberties and human rights.

The concerned individuals in Vienna or in Punjab ought to reflect on and reconnect with fundamental faith factors that are based on mutual respect, truth, justice and honesty. It will be worthwhile reminding ourselves of Guru Nanak’s saying, ‘if you are a Muslim – be a good Muslim, and if you are a Hindu – be a good Hindu’. Sikhs are no exceptions to this rule. Let’s heed the advice of our founder and be good Sikhs – as expected of all of us.

The World Sikh Organization (WSO) is a non-profit international organization with a mandate to promote and protect the interests of the Sikh Diaspora, as well as to promote and advocate for the protection of human rights for all individuals, irrespective of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, and social and economic status.

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For more information, please contact:

Maj (retd.) Jasbeer Singh, Media Relations, Tel. 780-457-3333, Cell. 780-235-6000, Email:[email protected], or

Gian Singh Sandhu, Tel. 250-305-2440, Email: [email protected]

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