- UNITED SIKHS announces the 3rd Annual Global Sikh Civil Rights Conference in Surrey, Canada
- The theme for the conference is Protect Our Identity; continuing our global campaign launched earlier this year
- Community leaders and members to engage in a dialogue with experts, advocates, authors, and academics on topics of Sikh civil and human rights.
- Register for the conference HERE NOW!
On December 17, 18, and 19 2010 Sikhs, academics and civil rights advocates from across the world will gather in Surrey, British Columbia for the 3rd Annual Global Sikh Civil Rights Conference. The UNITED SIKHS staff and volunteers are gearing up for a very exciting, informative and inspiring event, so save the date and join us in Canada!
The theme for this year’s conference is Protect Our Identity, building upon the work of our Protect Our Identity (POI) Campaign launched earlier this year which has been gaining momentum within the global Sikh community.
This year's speakers include renowned human rights academic Cynthia Mahmood and representatives from national civil rights advocacy organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), as well as lawyers, UNITED SIKHS volunteers, and members of the Sikh community.
The global conference provides a unique opportunity for both community leaders and members to engage in a dialogue with experts, advocates, authors, and academics about the pressing civil and human rights issues that most affect the Sikh community. Not only does the conference provide a stimulating and thought provoking forum to learn about the current state of civil and human rights for Sikh communities around the world, it also galvanizes the community to act together in developing solutions and resolutions to combat discrimination in all forms. Do not miss the opportunity to be a part of this discussion!
What’s new about the conference this year? First, it will be held in the beautiful and vibrant city of Surrey, just 30 minutes from Vancouver! This area is the home of the largest Sikh community in North America. Second, for the first time, UNITED SIKHS will be screening Sikh films, including "Holy Kitchens" and "Harvest of Grief". Also, this year we are looking to actively engage the youth community by hosting panels/events exploring the challenges that young Sikhs face today. Youth topics include bullying prevention and protecting the Sikh identity. Other panel topics will include minority rights under international law, articles of faith and religious accommodations, and women’s rights.
As always, UNITED SIKHS needs your support in continuing its efforts to advocate on behalf of the civil and human rights of the Sikh community. If you are interested in lending a hand and helping us with the conference, please do not hesitate to contact our Legal Fellow Ilana Ofgang at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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UNITED SIKHS is a U.N. affiliated international non-profit, non-governmental, humanitarian relief, human development and advocacy organization.
The Global Sikh Civil Rights Conference is an annual global gathering of human rights lawyers, politicians, judges, activists, multifaith representatives, and leaders and members of the Sikh community. Organized by UNITED SIKHS, this global conference provides an open arena for discussion of ideas and concerns that most affect Sikhs as a community.
Click here to read about last year's Global Sikh Civil Rights Conference.
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