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Sikhs to set up int'l body to fight for their civil rights
Dharam Shourie
Dec 17 , 2008



New York, Dec 17 (PTI) Concerned over hate crimes against them, a global conference of Sikhs has decided to set up an international organisation to fight for their civil liberties, including the right to wear turban, besides creating awareness among authorities about the symbols of their religion.


The meet, organised by advocacy group United Sikhs, after day-long deliberations, also demanded compensation for the victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots in India and vowed to fight hate crimes and discrimination in employment in North America.


They also agreed to set up a global media, legal, educational and political forum to work for the uplift and empowerment of Sikhs worldwide.


The conference recommended that support be provided by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee to fight for the civil rights of the Sikhs globally.


Besides, it stressed on the need to make Sikh masses aware of their civil rights in the country of their residence, even as it expressed determination to continue to fight for their liberties, including right to wear turban and create awareness among authorities about the demands and symbols of their religion.


The delegates, who had come here from several countries, expressed support to the United Sikh on French turban issue.


During the discussions, several speakers demanded that the Indian government return the "prized materials" held by it which, they said, belonged to the Sikh Reference Library that was destroyed in 1984.


They also stressed the need for educating publics in India as also in other countries about Sikh religion.


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