Royal Mail Send's Apology After Postman Makes Racist Comment
December 05, 2017
"Quick! Run! He has a bomb!" said the Royal Mail postman, to his colleague, as Mr Karnail Singh put his rucksack down, to grab his water bottle. After witnessing the incident Sun Kaur of UNITED SIKHS sent a direct message to Royal Mail on twitter, describing the incident and how the behaviour of the postman mistaking Karnail Singh as a terrorist was unacceptable. "My uncle is a Sikh who wears a turban. His rucksack contained his lunch, he is not a terrorist."
Random Police Stops(carding) have impacted Sikh Community in Canada
November 11, 2017
Together with the partnership of Carleton University and UNITED SIKHS, we have begun an ambitious project to understand how Random Police Stops (carding) have impacted our Sikh community. It is well known that minorities in Canada are stopped by the police more often, including our own community. This project will be understanding the various experiences of our community so that we recognize the influences of this police practice and what needs to be done by it from our communities' stance!
Condemning Las Vegas Terror Attack, Sikhs Equipped to Help and Heal
October 2 , 2017
UNITED SIKHS condemns the senseless act of terror that shook Las Vegas Sunday night. Described as the worst mass shooting in modern American history, a gunman open-fired on a crowd gathered for an outdoor country music festival. The gruesome episode has taken the lives of almost 60 people and has left more than 500 people injured.
Aussie Sikh Student Wins Discrimination Case against Christian School
September 20, 2017
Melbourne, Australia: In a landmark decision, the Victorian Administrative and Civil Tribunal (VCAT) ruled on Tuesday that 5 year old Sidhak Singh had been unlawfully discriminated by a Christian school that had refused to enrol him because he had unshorn hair and wore a patka, a head covering worn by Sikh children.
Over the weekend, right-wing and "pro-white" protesters, including members of neo-Nazi organizations and the Ku Klux Klan, arrived in in Charlottesville, Virginia causing Virginia State officials to declare a state of emergency. Racial violence erupted between these groups and members of the Charlottesville community and, according to the Press, a pro-white man acting against the demonstrators purposely rammed his car into a crowd killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring nineteen others, five of
As worshippers prepare to rebuild the heavily damaged Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Minneapolis, worshippers from all faiths, from all parts of the country, are coming out to defend their muslim brothers and sisters. "We sent a letter to the Imam and a message of support on social media, letting them know we are praying for them. We've also encouraged our member base of nearly 30,000 supporters to support them by contributing to the community center's GoFundMe page to help them rebuild," M
Shaken But Empowered. US Sikhs Respond to California Murders
August 03, 2017
Across the country UNITED SIKHS is joining the US Sikh Community to rally for justice after two Sikh American men were shot dead in separate incidents in California. The bruised body of 68-year-old Subag Singh was found in a canal in Fresno last Monday. He'd been missing since June 23rd 2017. In another incident, 20-year-old Simranjit Singh was shot and killed outside of the Sacramento gas station where he worked the following day. Reports suggest he was shot by men that had previously repor
Melbourne, Australia - The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) will decide at the end of the ongoing hearing if 5-year-old Sidhak Singh was discriminated against by the Melton Christian School when they refused to enroll him last year because he wore a patka, a religious head covering.
Books, personal hygiene items and phone power banks. These are just a few of the items that can be found in the 'bags of comfort' being handed out to those who have been affected by the massive blaze at the Glenfell Tower in West London. Volunteers from UNITED SIKHS began stuffing and distributing the bags just hours after the fire started.
Sikh Summit '17. The Time is NOW
June 13, 2017
The SIKH SUMMIT is an incredible opportunity for anyone interested in civil and human rights, humanitarian aid, and working towards a more inclusive America to see how they can make a real impact. The Congress members UNITED SIKHS, AHAA students and 2016 SUMMIT participants met with last year pledged to stand with the Sikh community to push for action that would protect Sikh Americans. They fulfilled some of their promises. But, more is needed. The Annual SIKH SUMMIT a powerful tools that allows
From July 10, 2017 to July 14, 2017 UNITED SIKHS will hold its 2017 annual SIKH SUMMIT. During the SUMMIT, Sikhs from around the country and the world will meet U.S. representatives in DC to address the concerns of the Sikh community including the increase in hate crimes against Sikhs, allowing Sikhs to self-identify in the 2020 Census, adequate reporting of hate crimes by law enforcement, discrimination against Sikhs throughout history and other topics.
Aussie Christian School Defends the Sikh Turban
May 17, 2017
Melbourne, Australia-UNITED SIKHS and the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Craigeburn honoured on Sunday the principal and a teacher from the Mother of God Christian school in the Ardeer suburb of Melbourne. They were honoured for showing their Christian spirit on 24 th March when they re-tied 5 year old Mansage Singh's Patka, a head wear worn by Sikh children.
New York, NY : On April 30, 2017, UNITED SIKHS responded to the Census Bureau's request for comments on its recent proposed rule amendments and stated that there should be a distinct "Sikh" category represented. Stereotypes fueled by the media, discriminatory policies and corrupted public attitudes toward immigrants, especially since September 11, 2001, exacerbate feelings of bigotry that result in backlash against the Sikh community like never before. To address this backlash the U.S. governmen
ADVOCACY - TAKE ACTION TODAY
March 27, 2017
Help us shed light on the extent to which members of the Sikh community experience hate crimes and or bullying. From now until April 30, 2017, UNITED SIKHS will be distributing the UNITED SIKHS 2017 CIVIL RIGHTS SURVEY via email, Facebook, Twitter, and via other social media and in the gurdwaras. The survey's purpose is to guide the work of the International Civil & Human Rights Advocacy (ICHRA) staff. It will help the organization better advocate for Sikh and civil and human rights in 2017, a
SIKHS ON THE RISE! Congrats Tejkaran Kaur Bains
March 22, 2017
Congratulations to Tejkaran Kaur Bains on being the first Sikh law student to win the best oral advocate award in the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition Moot Court. The Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition is a national moot court competition that takes place every year. The competition focuses primarily on public and civil rights law, along with topics of particular relevance to communities of color.
UNITED SIKHS Launches 2017 Civil Rights Survey
February 1, 2017
The UNITED SIKHS 2017 CIVIL RIGHTS SURVEY will shed light on the extent to which members of the Sikh community experience hate crimes and or bullying. It will serve as a manifesto of the issues the Sikh community believes will be most pressing in 2017. The manifesto will serve to focus the organization's vision, help create its priorities and provide direction.
How We Fight Hate: Paying Homage to Dr. King
January 17, 2017
As our country celebrates and honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This week and throughout the year, the team at UNITED SIKHS is reflecting; reflecting on our country’s progress, on the continued quest for equality and on our mission to recognize the human race as one.
New NYPD Turban and Beard Rule Opens Employement Opportunities for Sikhs
December 30, 2016
On Wednesday, December 28, 2016, the New York City Police Department Commissioner, James O’Neill, announced that in order to continue to make the NYPD as diverse as possible, NYPD would allow Sikhs to wear beards up to one half inch in length, from only a few millimeters in past policies. The new rule would also allow Sikhs to serve with turbans that have a police badge affixed to it.
The Time Is NOW - Act to Ensure Justice Prevails
December 27, 2016
Now, more than ever, we have to fight for the civil and human rights of our people. Since the November election, safety has become an increasing concern for many of our families. Our safety and religious preferences are basic human rights that we should not have to keep fighting for.
HATE CRIMES ON THE RISE: Sikh Gurdwara Vandalized With Hate Message
December 26, 2016
Calgary, Canada: The Sikh community in Calgary, Canada is shocked that last Thursday their place of worship was vandalized by graffiti depicting a swastika, which is generally associated with symbols of racial hatred. UNITED SIKHS has reached out to the local authorities and requested an increase in police presence around Gurdwaras in the future to help the community feel safe again.
New York: A California man who's been unlawfully imprisoned overseas, woke up one step closer to freedom today - but his fate still hangs in the balance. One week after human rights groups stepped up their fight to bring home Bhai Resham Singh, the courts in New Delhi, India agreed to grant him bail. Bhai Resham Singh was granted bail under the condition that he will be present for his upcoming trial, which attorneys say could take up to several months to begin.
According to Voices for Freedom, an international human rights advocacy non-governmental organization, American Sikh is being held without bail and unlawfully in India and others are being threatened with arrest by the Indian authorities. They are targeted on political grounds and are not being afforded lawful treatment under international and Indian law in India simply because they are Sikhs.
There can be nothing more comforting after a bitter political campaign than a President-elect that promises to do his best to represent all constituencies. Second to that may be the commitment by voters to the concept that Democracy works because the People accept the election results.
Prominent American Sikh Arrested by Indian Authorities in Amritsar
November 10, 2016
Bhai Resham Singh is an American citizen, resident of Bakersfield, California. On November 4, 2016 at 9:10pm he was arrested by Indian authorities when he arrived at the New Delhi airport for Sikh Sarbat Khalsa. As per Simranjit Singh, Bhai Resham Singh's attorney in India, Bhai Resham Singh and many others have been charged with sedition. His attorney stated to UNITED SIKHS that they are "working diligently to see how justice can be delivered."
On Thursday, October 19, 2016, UNITED SIKHS wrote to the 2016 U.S. Presidential candidates expressing the concern and indignation of the Sikh community at the divisive and senseless rhetoric that has come out of the 2016 political race. The negative stereotypes that arise from this callous rhetoric has exacerbated racial and religious hostilities in the U.S. The candidates have demonstrated a lack of knowledge and or consideration for the Sikh community and the many distinct ethnicities that mak
California: One of the latest attacks and hate crimes perpetrated against Sikhs in the United States occurred on Friday, September 30, 2016. Just days before, another Sikh man was brutally and criminally attacked. In both instances, the motive for the crime is obvious. In the first, however, political leaders met with the victim's family to try to assuage the harm done and the City of Bakersfield is handling the matter and giving it the serious attention the act calls for. In the second, the pol
UNITED SIKHS Meets With New York City Commission on Human Rights (CCHR)
September 28, 2016
On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, UNITED SIKHS met with the New York City Commission on Human Rights staff to discuss some of the Sikh community's civil rights concerns. While the City of New York has some of the most progressive civil rights laws in the country, many members of the Sikh community suffer workplace, school and public space discrimination based on actual or perceived religion, race, ethnicity and national origin.
New York: On Saturday evening, September 17, 2016, the streets of Chelsea in New York City echoed the blast of a bomb that, according to various news sources, injured 29 people, and the hunt for a suspect began. By 11am on Monday, Harinder Bains, a Sikh business man in Linden, New Jersey, already knew who the police were looking for.
UNITED SIKHS HOLDS 2016 ANNUAL SIKH SUMMIT
August 2, 2016
From July 11, 2016 through July 13, 2016, UNITED SIKHS, joined by students of the organization's Advocacy and Humanitarian Aid Academy (AHAA), met with Congress members and their staff to speak about issues affecting the Sikh community. Top of the list of matters discussed were bullying and hate crimes, counting Sikhs in the U.S. Census, religious accommodations in the armed forces and the "Hair Sampling Bills."
There is widespread recognition that Americans who want to enter military service should not have to choose between their faith and their country. On June 22, 2016, UNITED SIKHS met with American Sikh Congressional Caucus, a caucus composed of members of Congress and staff of various not-for-profit civil and human rights organizations.
Washington DC, USA: On July 6, 2016, UNITED SIKHS kicked off its third annual Advocacy and Humanitarian Aid Academy in Washington, D.C. The Academy is an intensive six-day training program in which young students from around the world interact with government officials, advocates and members of some of the most reputable civil rights organizations in the United States
Orlando,USA: Late Saturday night leading into early Sunday morning, Orlando, Florida was stunned by a devastating hate-crime when 29-year-old Omar Mateen entered the Pulse nightclub (an LGBT community based social lounge), and gunned down more than 49 individuals, also wounding 53 others. The incident took place around 2:00 am, and after a three-hour stand-off, Orlando police shot and killed the gunman.
ONTARIO: November 22, 2016 -- The UNITED SIKHS expresses dissatisfaction with the Ontario Liberal Government's vote to defeat a motion that would have recognized the brutal murder of thousands of innocent Sikhs as genocide.
"Within four days of taking up the matter, UNITED SIKHS delivered what they had assured me of. The CFA Institute have been kind enough to reconsider their decision and allow me to wear the kirpan during my exam on Saturday," says Ratan Deep Singh.
Peshawar,Pakistan: UNITED SIKHS volunteer and an eminent member of the Sikh community Dr Suran Singh has been shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan. According to various sources, he was assassinated in Buner District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Friday 22nd April 2016.
Brussel Blasts Creates Ripples of Fear
March 22, 2016
Brussels, Belgium - Three terrorist blasts rocked the Belgian capital earlier today, two at the Brussels Zaventem international airport and one at Maelbeek metro station and striking fear in the heart of the European Union just days after a manhunt captured a key suspect, in last year's Paris massacres.
SIKH Gurudwara Vandalized in Washington State
March 4, 2016
SPOKANE, WASHINGTON - On March 3, a man broke into a Gurudwara in Washington State's Sikh Temple of Spokane, and using ceremonial swords within the precints of the Gurudwara, inflicted over $30,000 in damage to the building and Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
UNITED SIKHS Meets Ambassador to Rebut France's Denial of Turban Ban
February 6, 2016
New Delhi: UNITED SIKHS led a meeting with the French ambassador on Thursday to rebut France's recent statement that the turban was not banned in France. UNITED SIKHS director, Gurpreet Singh, submitted to the French ambassador, H.E. Francois Richier, that it was misleading to say that there is no Sikh turban ban in France as the 2004 ban in public schools and on ID photos continues to date.
Birmingham, UK - UNITED SIKHS are pleased to announce that we have been working with Halfords Group PLC to introduce new guidance confirming that Sikhs may wear their articles of faith, including the Kirpan, for Amritdhari Sikhs (initiated Sikhs who have taken Amrit), on all Halfords premises.
Chandigarh, Panjab - UNITED SIKHS along with Kendri Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Institute of Sikh Studies, International Sikh Confederation, Akhand Kirtani Jatha, Panthic Tal Mel Sangathan, Shiromani Akali Dal Panch Pradhani, Dal Khalsa and Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat will submit a letter to the Panjab Chief Minister today which asks if his government had raised the turban ban with the French President, Francois Hollande, during his visit to Chandigarh on Sunday.
Chandigarh, Panjab - SIKHS have once again urged visiting French President Francois Hollande to reverse the turban ban in France. In a letter submitted to the French President on the eve of his visit to Chandigarh, UNITED SIKHS reminded him that French Sikhs continue to be deprived of their right to wear a turban, even though, in the three cases that our legal team had filed against the ban.
Ensure Justice Prevails
December 30, 2015
As a first step to achieve Martin Luther King Jr.'s "justice everywhere," this year, UNITED SIKHS launched a global Know Your Religious Rights online facility, through which we have received inquiries and requests for help, which our global legal team has responded to. This facility was set up to assist people who live and travel globally.
Create ripples with us
December 29, 2015
Global: UNITED SIKHS' health and education projects continue to address growing needs of our community by expanding in scope of current services and projects. From oral health to hypertension to access to health insurance information and services, the Community Education & Empowerment (CEED) team is committed to bringing much needed resources to the community.
Help More People in 2016
December 28, 2015
Thanks to your support, 2015 was one of our best years in humanitarian aid. Together, we brought hope to the flooded alleys of Chennai, earthquake devastated Nepal and Pakistan, submerged Malaysia and to thousands of Syrian and other refugees arriving in Europe. Join us as we take a look back at some of our humanitarian highlights this year.
Help the Urgent Medical Need in Nepal - Donate
December 23, 2015
In April, UNITED SIKHS volunteers examined Phoola Maya Tamang at a medical camp set up in Nepal after the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that devastated the nation and left many in need of urgent medical aid. When it was determined that the 57-year-old mother needed further medical care, we transported her to the nearest government hospital, and promised to cover all medical expenses when she was admitted to the high care unit.
Washington, DC--On December 14, the White House welcomed Sikh Americans for the sixth annual celebration of Guru Nanak Sahib Ji's gurpurab (day of birth) through shabad (religious hymns), poetry, and a roundtable meeting alongside other Sikh organizations and White House officials to discuss Sikh issues. In addition to White House officials, speakers included Professor Amritjit Singh of Ohio University; Professor Nikky-Gurinder Kaur Singh of Colby College; Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the
Want to bring a bigger change?
December 19, 2015
Right from my childhood, I have faced the challenges of modern society. Should I learn Gurmukhi or Spanish? Harmonium or Piano? Shabad Kirtan or Choir? Would colleges give me credit for choosing something they are not familiar with? Would organization and corporations understand that Langar Seva (serving food) is on equal footing with volunteering at a food shelter? This created an emotional tussle between me and myself, but I chose the former-my Sikh identity-because that's who I am.
U.S. Army Accomodates First Active Duty Religious Beard in Decades
December 15, 2015
USA: Months after Iknoor Singh won his right to enroll in the Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) , the first accommodation of a religious beard for an active-duty U.S. soldier in decades was granted to Captain Simratpal Singh, 27, last week.
Sikh Traveler Filmed, Mocked, Labeled
December 14, 2015
USA:UNITED SIKHS received an email from 20-year-old Prabneet Kaur, daughter of Sikh man and California resident Darshan Singh. She had just been made aware that a video of her father sleeping on an airplane flight JetBlue, recorded by the man sitting next to him, was circulating on the internet. The video is titled "Would You Feel Safe?" and its description says "flying with bin laden."
How Can You Make a Difference this Human Rights Day?
December 10, 2015
Today, December 10th, 2015, we celebrate the 65th annual Human Rights Day--a day officiated by the United Nations (UN) in 1950 to commemorate the importance of global human and civil rights. While there is still work to be done to protect the fundamental freedoms and innate rights of all, UNITED SIKHS made great strides towards this ideal all over the world this year.
UNITED SIKHS Celebrates California Sikh Awareness Month 2015
November 23, 2015
California, USA-This November, we celebrated the fourth annual Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month in California. Over the course of the month, we brought anti-bullying resources to over one hundred Sikh children and parents, and tied turbans on over fifty university students and faculty and educated them about the Sikh faith.
California, USA-UNITED SIKHS congratulates its volunteers and supporters on the fourth annual Sikh Awareness month in California, USA. In 2012, California State Legislature declared November as Sikh Awareness and Appreciation month-a month to recognize American Sikhs, and honor the contribution of Sikhs to American society.
Washington, DC - On September 28, you signed the petition to write to your Senators about the detrimental effects bill S.806: Drug Free Commercial Driver Act will have on the Sikh community if passed without a religious accommodation amendment. In the past four weeks, we have received 1,200 signatures, but our work is far from over.
UNITED SIKHS Celebrates 8 Year Affiliation with UN on 67th UN Day
October 24, 2015
New York, USA - UNITED SIKHS joins the world to celebrate UN Day today, October 24, and looks forward to our continued eight year association with it through its programs for the rights for minorities and the underprivileged. UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1948.
Salt Lake City, USA -The Parliament of the World's Religions ended on Monday after five days of interfaith dialogue, exhibitions and performances. The 2015 Parliament was officially opened with a parade of flags and Native American drumming as regional tribal chiefs welcomed us to their land, and prayed for world peace. It was attended by 10,000 people from 80 countries and 50 faith and non-faith groups.
Washington, D.C.-UNITED SIKHS would like to thank its U.S.A. supporters who have taken a stand against religious discrimination by signing the petition to include a religious exemption amendment in bill S.806: Drug Free Commercial Driver Act. So far, we have received over 1,000 signatures.
CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST KIRPAN-WEARING TEENAGER DROPPED
October 10, 2015
New York, USA - Criminal charges against 17-year-old Virender Singh were dismissed by the Criminal Court of the City of New York, County of Queens about a week ago. Virender, an initiated Sikh, was arrested and charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, while wearing a kirpan, or religious sword, which is one of the five Sikh articles of faith.
Remember last year we called on you to take a stand against religious discrimination? We are once again in need of your support. The Drug Free Commercial Driver Act is back in the House of Representatives as well as in the Senate, and poses as serious threat to Sikh truck drivers who are unwilling to cut their hair.
Pope Welcomes Sikh Community with Open Arms
September 26, 2015
New York, USA—UNITED SIKHS was honored to represent the Sikh community at Ground Zero during Pope Francis’ interfaith prayer service on September 25, 2015.
14 Years Later: Remembering 9/11
September 11, 2015
New York, USA---UNITED SIKHS observes the 14th anniversary of the terror attacks on September 11th, 2001. This day claimed 2, 996 lives, left over 6,000 individuals injured, and forever changed the world we live in. For Sikhs, Muslims, Arabs, and other minority communities, the terror did not end on September 11th.
All my life I have dreamed of serving my country, but when I tried to enlist in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program at Hofstra University, I was told I couldn't due to my religious beliefs.
WASHINGTON D. C. - A federal court ruled yesterday that a Sikh college student must be allowed to enroll in Army ROTC without shaving his beard, cutting his hair, or removing his turban. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson acted in the case of Hofstra University student Iknoor Singh, who had been barred by the U.S. Army from enrolling in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program because of his religious practices. The Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) is a college-based program
Washington, DC - I look forward to sharing my experience in providing humanitarian relief in disaster zones to the eight participants who will be selected for the UNITED SIKHS Advocacy and Humanitarian Aid Academy (AHAA) of 2015.
Washington, DC - We are looking for eight outstanding individuals 17 and older who are driven to promote seva and civil and human rights to participate in our Advocacy and Humanitarian Aid Academy (AHAA), taking place July 6th-July 10th in Washington, DC. Listen to what one of last year's AHAA graduates has to say about what to expect if selected to be a part of this one of a kind experience.
Washington, DC - Are you interested in learning more about advocating for minority communities and providing humanitarian aid to people in need? How about spending your summer in the heart of the United States capital?
A program in partnership with New York University Center for the Study of Asian American Health aims to improve health and reduce health disparities in New York and New Jersey.
Washington, DC - Are you interested in learning more about advocating for minority communities and providing humanitarian aid to people in need? How about spending your summer in the heart of the United States capital?
UNITED SIKHS seeks blessings and extends good wishes to the Sikh community during this auspicious time of Vasakhi. On this Vasakhi, we pledge to protect your rights. Vasakhi reminds us to choose love over duty, as the Panj Pyaare did in 1699, and as we at UNITED SIKHS have tried to do this past year.
Advocacy & Humanitarian Aid Academy- BE ONE OF EIGHT!
April 09, 2015
Washington, DC – Be one of eight to attend the Advocacy and Humanitarian Aid Academy (AHAA), a five-day training program starting July 6th to July 10th, 2015. The Academy is designed exclusively for students and young professionals. Applicants must be 17 or older to participate in the program.
Trenton, New Jersey - UNITED SIKHS client Mr. Samitter Singh has received a written apology from the Motor Vehicles Commission in New Jersey. Mr Singh's religious freedom was violated by the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) in Trenton, New Jersey on January 29, 2014, when he went there to renew his driver's license. He had all the necessary documentation and met all requirements for the renewal. However, when Mr.Singh proceeded to take his picture for the licence renewal, staff at the MVC demanded
Washington, DC - After the immense success of last year's Academy we are bringing the Academy back with more sessions and more opportunity for advocacy than ever before! We are now accepting applications for UNITED SIKHS Advocacy & Humanitarian Aid Academy (AHAA), being held from July 6th-10th, 2015 in Washington, DC.
(Washington, DC) – The FBI has released a new version of their training manual for law enforcement which now includes guidelines on how to track Anti-Sikh bias and hate crimes directed towards Sikhs.
New Jersey, USA: The Sikh American Chamber of Commerce (SACC) is hosting their 4th Annual Gala on Friday, March 20, 2015. The Sikh American Chamber of Commerce (SACC) is comprised of a cross section of Sikh American member businesses ranging from sole proprietors to large corporations and conglomerates.
For the First Time, Sikh Holidays Reach Thousands of Schools!
February 09, 2015
Washington, DC – For many years, a Calendar of Observance created by the Anti-Defamation League has been used nationally as a tool to address diversity and religious accommodation issues in United States public schools.
USA- The Drug Free Commercial Driver Act of 2013 (H.R. 3403) was a bill proposed on October 30, 2013 by Congressman Eric "Rick" Crawford (R-AR) who introduced the Drug Free Commercial Driver Act of 2013. The bill proposed to allow motor carriers to force a Sikh operator to provide a hair sample.
I approached UNITED SIKHS over seven years ago when I was being discriminated against at my workplace. I had just gotten initiated into the Sikh faith, and started wearing a head covering to work. My superiors would harass me, ask me to remove the head covering, and one of them even went to the extent of saying that I looked more beautiful without it.
Call to Action for 2015: Serve a Nation Without Borders
December 31, 2014
Dear Supporter, I have been a UNITED SIKHS volunteer for 12 years and counting. I am writing to you on behalf of all UNITED SIKHS relentless volunteers, many of who are members of the Sikh Nation - a nation without borders. Sikhs are settled across the globe from Assam to Zanzibar and they collectively constitute the Sikh Nation. Like all other nations, the Sikh Nation has its rights and responsibilities to uphold its Constitution and to protect, inter alia, its heritage and civil and huma
As we are only a few hours away from entering the New Year, we ask ourselves whether we kept our commitment to you this year? Did we meet our goals for International Advocacy, Humanitarian Aid and Community Empowerment?
Today my 6-year-old son started crying, saying he has no friends in school because he wears a turban. While my husband and I try to provide him with a good life, I realized, that, that doesn't compensate for what he thinks he lacks at school. I began to think about other Sikh parents who go through this but might not be equipped with the resources, responses, or time to help their children.
[Video] UNITED SIKHS Changed My Life
December 28, 2014
It can be so difficult to put into words how impactful AAHA was for us, but we wanted to show supporters how invaluable we found the experience. During finals we all wanted to talk to you, one-on-one, no filter, as we each sat in our college dorms and houses and reflected on our experiences.
2014 Review Of Our Over 12 Legal Accomplishments Across the Globe!
December 24, 2014
Our International Civil and Human Rights Advocacy (ICHRA) team continues to serve the global Sikh community without borders, challenging the civil and human rights violations perpetrated against Sikhs worldwide.
Please Read: "Yes, I was Bullied."
December 15, 2014
"Now that I am a high school student I feel strong and confident. But before, even I was bullied. Ever since kindergarten, bullying had been one of the biggest and most significant hindrances in my life. I thought it would never end. I felt helpless. I felt like it was my fault.
12 Reasons Why You Should Continue Giving in 2015! #Giving #Dasvandh
December 13, 2014
Fifteen years, eleven countries, and over hundreds of volunteers…with your continuous support UNITED SIKHS has been able give back globally. Continue supporting us in our journey to "Recognize the Human Race as One."
Action Taken : Advocacy Efforts Continue for Peshawar Sikhs!
December 12, 2014
UNITED SIKHS’ Advocacy team engages Pakistan Ambassador, Department of State, US embassy in Pakistan, Canadian MP’s, Pakistan’s Chief Minister KP,Secretary Home & Tribal Affairs Department KP, Core Commander Peshawar, senators and other law enforcement agencies regarding safety and security of Sikhs in Peshawar.
Support the Sava Lakh Spirit this Human Rights Day
December 10, 2014
In 1950, the United Nations proclaimed December 10th as Human Rights Day and today we celebrate the ultimate proposition that all humans around the globe are entitled to the full range of human rights and that this equality is what binds us all together.
USA - UNITED SIKHS is deeply disappointed by the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) revisions to the federal racial profiling guidance. We are specifically concerned by the exemption allowing law enforcement agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS),Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the U.S
#ImmigrationAction : What Does It Mean For Our Community?
December 04, 2014
USA- UNITED SIKHS applauds President Obama's Immigration Accountability Executive Action which will offer millions of our undocumented community members the opportunity to apply for temporary relief from deportation. Relief could be provided to over 4 million undocumented aspiring Americans,including members of our beloved Sikh community.
California,USA- On Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 8:40 a.m., Mr. Labh Singh Nigah, 55-years-old, was walking in Sierra Linda Park when he was stabbed to death. Mr. Singh, a resident of Oxnard, was killed shortly after dropping off his son to his elementary school.
[Highlights] Thank You! But we have a long way to go..
November 22, 2014
As 2014 comes to an end, we are looking back at how your generous donation and support helped us achieve a remarkable and memorable year. The work is ongoing and we wanted to humbly request you to please make your year-end contribution now.
Recognize the Human Race as One!
November 15, 2014
New York, USA- On November 2, I witnessed the Sikh, Jewish, and Muslim communities join forces to combat hunger in New York City by feeding homeless people in upper Manhattan.
UNITED SIKHS Helping AA and NHPI Communities during Open Enrollment
November 14, 2014
Individuals and families all over the country can shop for, compare and enroll in coverage that is affordable and meets their needs. Consumers can enroll in a new plan, renew their current plan or shop for a new one from today Nov. 15 – Feb. 15, 2015.
WASHINGTON – UNITED SIKHS and The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of the Nation’s Capital filed a lawsuit today against the U.S. Army for refusing to allow a Sikh student at Hofstra University to enlist in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program unless he shaves his beard, removes his turban and cuts his hair, in accordance with Army grooming and uniform regulations.
Get out and Vote TODAY! #ImSikhIVote
November 04, 2014
November 4, 2014 - Bullying, Discrimination, Profiling, Sikhs in the Military, Sikhs in the Census - all issues faced by the Sikh American community, can be best combated today, with your civic engagement. The importance of showing up to the polls to vote goes beyond just our civic duty as Sikh Americans, but carries into having a voice in our government’s agenda. Our elected officials prioritize their agenda based on the needs of their voters.
"The UNITED SIKHS legal team has been in the forefront of a roller-coaster legal battle since 2006, when a lower court overturned a turban ban in GO Schools, which was then reinstated by another court on a technicality, before the ban was firmly overturned by the Conseil d‘Etat last week ," said Mejindarpal Kaur, International Legal Director of UNITED SIKHS, an international advocacy group.
New York, USA-Mr. Gurbhej Singh Sandhu, an elderly Sikh gentleman, had his religious freedom violated by the New York City Department of Correction (DOC). Mr.Sandhu visited Rikers Island Correctional Facility on numerous occasions since February 2012 to meet with his son, who was serving a sentence at the facility.
“The UNITED SIKHS legal team has been in the forefront of a roller-coaster legal battle since 2006, when a lower court overturned a turban ban in GO Schools, which was then reinstated by another court on a technicality, before the ban was firmly overturned by the Conseil d‘Etat yesterday,” said Mejindarpal Kaur, international advocacy group.
The court offered to place the kirpan in a locked box, which the court security would keep secure until Mr. Singh left the courthouse, or to excuse Mr. Singh from jury duty. However, Mr. Singh explained that it was his responsibility, duty, and right as an American to serve as a juror and he is not permitted by his religion to remove the kirpan.
Raleigh, North Carolina-The Personal Defense & Handgun Safety Center, a shooting range and gun shop in Raleigh, North Carolina, prominently displayed a poster with the title "Are you prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse?" The poster contained images meant to scare the general population and depicted "scary" characters. Unfortunately, two of "zombies" wore turbans and sported beards, easily confusable for Sikhs.
Raleigh, North Carolina - UNITED SIKHS and The Sikh Gurudwara of North Carolina (SGNC) are proud to announce the completion of the first ever Sikh Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity Training for the Raleigh Police department. The training was conducted in twelve sessions.
Trenton, NJ: UNITED SIKHS collaborated with the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness to create a Sikh Cultural Sensitivities Training program. This program is online at NJLearn, the internet training system for all New Jersey first responders.
What Would You Do If You Were Bullied?
Sep 01, 2014
"I learned that if I am ever in a bullying situation, I need to run to a teacher or parent and tell them what happened. I need to speak out." - Punarjot Singh , 11 years old "It definitely shows us that we are not alone." - Harpreet Kaur, 13 years old
"I learned that if I am ever in a bullying situation, I need to run to a teacher or parent and tell them what happened. I need to speak out." - Punarjot Singh , 11 years old "It definitely shows us that we are not alone." - Harpreet Kaur, 13 years old
“The literacy rate among Sikhs and other minority communities in Peshawar, especially for girls, is very poor. Girls in the tribal areas seldom get the opportunity to go to school due to the war against terrorism and poor socioeconomic status of the community in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federal Administrator Tribal Areas (FATA).
Last year, the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Pennsylvania USA refused to allow an elderly Sikh gentleman to visit his son, a United States Military Veteran, without removing his turban.
Dallas, Texas, USA-On August 10th , a man walked into Gurdwara Singh Sabha of North Texas claiming to be an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officer there to do an audit. He confronted one of the gurdwara members, and accused thegurdwaraof not having paid its taxes.
Long Island, NY man arrested for Hate Attack on Sandeep Singh
August 20, 2014
UNITED SIKHS would like to thank the local police and the NYPD Hate Crimes task force for all their efforts in capturing the culprit. UNITED SIKHS Legal Director, Manvinder Singh stated "We sincerely hope the culprit will be adequately sentenced by the court, so it acts as a deterrent in the future for those who think about committing such heinous crimes"
Dallas, Texas, USA – On August 10th, a man walked into Gurdwara Singh Sabha of North Texas claiming to be an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officer there to do an audit. He confronted one of the gurdwara members, and accused the gurdwara of not having paid its taxes. He said the IRS would be raiding the gurdwara very soon, and started to walk out of the building towards the parking lot.
6th Annual Sikh Summit Brings Awareness to the Nation's Capital!
August 08, 2014
Community members who attended the summit made history by meetings with Representatives and Senators from districts and states with small Sikh populations, than those more commonly resided by Sikhs. By doing so, Representatives and Senators who had never heard of Sikhism or our struggles, were educated on the tenets of the Sikh faith, its beautiful values, and post- 9/11 backlash.
Meet Our Advocacy & Humanitarian Aid Academy Graduates!
August 06, 2014
Washington, DC- The Advocacy & Humanitarian Aid Academy (AHAA) was a successful four-day extensive training program in Washington, DC from July 22-25, 2014 consisting of panels, interactive panels, lectures, and skill-building exercises.
August 05, 2014
Two years ago on August 5th 2012, the Sikh community in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, stood in silence as a lone, white supremacist gunman fatally shot and killed six innocent members of the Sikh faith, while also shooting himself. The massacre was one of the largest acts of violence on a faith community since the 1963 Church bombings.
Queens, NY- Earlier yesterday, UNITED SIKHS staff, volunteers and local Sikh leaders met with senior police officials at the 102nd Precinct in Queens, NY to discuss the progress of the investigations in alleged hate motivated case involving Mr. Sandeep Singh. Concerns were expressed regarding the slow pace of the investigations. We were assured that a complete and comprehensive investigation will take place and the perpetrators will be brought to justice.
Additional performance by Jatinder Jargia. All proceeds are tax deductible and will go towards the drug de-addiction and rehabilitation hospital UNITED SIKHS is starting in Punjab.
Washington DC, USA- Today, we will host our â€śInnovative Justiceâ€ť Banquet at the Four Points Sheraton followed by our Sixth Annual Sikh Summit advocacy meetings from July 28th-30th with congressmen, government agencies, and NGOs to discuss Sikh issues around the globe.
What was initially reported by police as a simple traffic accident has now been upgraded to charges of criminal mischief.
We held our Fifth Annual Sikh Summit last year, where we met with approximately forty congressmen, government officials, and NGOs to discuss issues important to the Sikhs in the Unted States. The Sixth Annual Sikh Summit is to be held from July 28th to 30th.
Please join us at the 2014 UNITED SIKHS gala to support us on our mission to deliver humanitarian aid worldwide including our drug de-addiction center and to empower groups and individuals through education.
Washington DC, USA- On July 26th, we will host our "Innovative Justice" Banquet at the Four Points Sheraton followed by our annual Sikh Summit advocacy meetings from July 28th-30th with congressmen, government agencies, and NGOs to discuss Sikh issues around the globe.
An Evening with Rabbi Shergill- A Fundraising Event
July 01, 2014
Please join us for an evening of entertainment and unity. Come spend an evening with Bollywood's super singer star Rabbi Shergill, singer of the chart-topper song of 2005, Bullah Ki Jaana! Rabbi is an advocate and ally of UNITED SIKHS and strongly supports our cause. We will also be joined by other renowned performers, honorees and supporters from the community.
Jackson, Mississippi- Earlier this month, UNITED SIKHS' Attorneys Manmeet Singh and Anisha Singh successfully conducted a Sikh Cultural Sensitivities training for law enforcement officials from throughout the state in Jackson, Mississippi.
The AHAA will be an extensive four-day training program including discussions from panels, interactive workshops, tours of federal buildings, lectures, and skill-building exercises. Along with members of the UNITED SIKHS team, presenters from around the United States will be coming to the nation’s capitol to train these young minds.
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Will you be there to support our fight against drugs in Panjab? Guru Nanak University in Panjab reports that at least 73% of the tate’s youth between the ages of 16-35 is currently addicted to drugs.
United States- Fourth of July- Celebrating the nation's birthday sets off the start of one of the busiest times of the year to travel whether it is by car, plane, bus or train.
London, UK, 24th June 2014 - UNITED SIKHS will premiere tonight on Sangat TV the first episode of a three-part documentary series ‘Unheard Voices’, which tells the story of how Sikhs continue their 30-year wait for justice for the thousands of innocent pilgrims who were killed by the Indian Army and for the restitution of the Sikh Reference Library,
Punjab, India- The state of Punjab is slowly being eradicated due to the on-going drug epidemic that is increasing day by day. Did you know that Punjab is in crises mode and that at least 73% of the state’s youth between 16-35 is currently addicted to drugs, declared by Guru Nanak University, Punjab.
Washington, DC - The Sikh Awareness Academy is a four-day training program designed for students and young professionals 17 and older looking to get involved in social justice advocacy for the Sikh community, relief aid work, or education and healthcare initiatives promoted and pursued by UNITED SIKHS. This comprehensive training program features workshops conducted by qualified speakers including acclaimed professor
Washington, DC - The Sikh Awareness Academy is a four-day training program designed for students and young professionals 17 and older looking to get involved in social justice advocacy for the Sikh community, relief aid work, or education and healthcare initiatives promoted and pursued by UNITED SIKHS. This comprehensive training program features workshops conducted by qualified speakers including acclaimed professors, government officials, and advocates.
UNITED SIKHS is conducting a survey to gauge how many Sikhs in our community are actually reporting their victimization, whether a hate crime, bullying in schools, profiling (by airport TSA officials or otherwise), or employment discrimination.
We Walked 300 kms, Did We Have You On Our Side?
May 29, 2014
Singapore - Six valiant walkers have accomplished an unbelievable journey to raise awareness and goodwill among the races and raise funds for UNITED SIKHS humanitarian aid projects for underprivileged children all over the world, as well as raising funds for the Gurpuri Foundation, that cares for many orphans and children in need in South East Asia.
WASHINGTON, DC (5/21/14)- UNITED SIKHS’ 5th Global Sikh Civil and Human Rights Report was released on May 21, 2014 in Washington, D.C.to United States elected officials, agency representatives and the Sikh community.
Sikh Awareness Academy - Be One of Eight!
May 15, 2014
Washington, DC - We are now accepting applications for UNITED SIKHS' Sikh Awareness Academy (SAA), being held from July 22-25, 2014 in Washington, DC. The application deadline is June 10th.
The Global Sikh Civil and Human Rights Report, the only one of its kind, is a product of intense research, field observations, surveys and input on Sikh issues, from local residents and lawyers in various countries around the world, referencing human rights reports released by preeminent organizations such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. The report is in its fifth year of publication.
UNITED SIKHS is a U.N. affiliated international non-profit organization dedicated to advocacy, human development, and humanitarian relief for disadvantaged and minority communities around the world. We would be honored to have you attend our Global Sikh Civil & Human Rights Report Release Event on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 4:00pm-5:00pm at 1539 Longworth Building, Washington, DC.
Santa Clara, CA, USA – UNITED SIKHS and the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) announced yesterday that they have filed three complaints with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) against Boomers! amusement park
(SANTA CLARA, CA, 4/28/14) – On Tuesday, April 29, UNITED SIKHS and the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) will hold a news conference in Santa
If passed, The Drug Free Commercial Driver Act would allow motor carriers to force a Sikh operator to provide a hair sample. We urge you to sign this petition to your elected officials requesting them not to proceed with it due to the detrimental effect it would have on the Sikh community.
New Jersey: - The deadline to get coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace is only a few days away. But it is not too late! If you or someone you know are looking for affordable health insurance, there is still time. Here are some basics to get you started:
SAVE THE DATE! Sikh Summit 2014 ...
Feb 17, 2014
UNITED SIKHS ANNUAL SIKH SUMMIT 2014 - JULY 26th- 30th in Washington D.C! Featuring: Our annual banquet with honorary guest, Young Sikh Leaders Workshop, and meeting with congressmen and agency officials to discuss issue impacting Sikh community internationaly.
Randhawa Village, Panjab, India- Over 400 underserved patients received FREE medical and eye care. UNITED SIKHS Mother Child Clinic hosted a Free Medical and Eye Operation Camp on Sunday, February 9th, 2014 from 9:00am to 2:00pm. The camp provided various health care by five doctors, each with specific concentrations: Dr. Jagdeep Singh (MBBS, MS), Optometrist; Dr. Supreet Kaur Virk (MBBS , DGO, FMAS, DMAS), Gynaecologist; Dr. Jasjit Singh Virk (MBBS, MS, FMAS, DMAS), Surgeon; Dr. Manish Kumar (M
Central Valley, CA- On Wednesday, February 5, 2014, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act (H.R. 3964), an emergency drought bill, is being introduced to the United States House floor. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21), co-chair for the American Sikh Congressional Caucus, will introduce the bill along with Congressman Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) and Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). This legislation will provide immediate relief and aid by providing water supplies needed for
On January 28, 2014 letters were sent to President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder by twelve major American Sikh advocacy organizations, including UNITED SIKHS, calling on the Obama Administration to immediately reinstate Kawaljeet Tagore, a Sikh IRS Agent based out of Houston, TX fired in July, 2006 for wearing a kirpan, a Sikh religious article of faith.
We don't just walk a mile with you. We will run with you, if necessary.
December 16, 2013
When 43 year old Angrez Singh came to UNITED SIKHS because UK hospitals refused to treat his double kidney failure, we did not turn him away because as an over-stayer he did not have recourse to public funds. Instead, we engaged a robust probono health rights lawyer who challenged the hospital and not only ensured the hospital treated him but also ensuredsocial services gave him a daily stipend and travel costs for his treatment.
We Thank You For Your Support in 2013!
January 18, 2014
Dear , We thank you with our utmost gratitude for your financial support in 2013 and above all the faith in our work. We were together able to raise $ 378,000. As you know, UNITED SIKHS serves in areas of Advocacy, Humanitarian Aid and Education & Empowerment. Your support in 2013 has helped us work in these directorates at a global level.
Spread Sikh Awareness- Educate and Empower!
November 23, 2013
Talk, Educate, and Create a nurturing environment for you child so they don't shy away from their identity. Reach out to your child's school and do a presentation on sikhism. Starting early can eliminate hurt and hate later on.
Empower and Educate!
December 29, 2013
Global: UNITED SIKHS’ Community Empowerment and Education Directorate (CEED) team has made great strides in 2013, from expanding the scope of our current services and projects to fostering new academic-community partnerships in addressing growing health needs of our community. From diabetes prevention to oral health to high impact population wide strategies to improve nutrition, the CEED team is committed to bringing much needed educational resources to the community.
Dear Supporters, As we are only a few hours away from entering the New Year, we ask ourselves whether we kept our commitment to you this year? Did we meet our goals for International Advocacy, Humanitarian Aid and Community Empowerment?
Why do I even care?
Dec 31, 2013
Wherever I go, I am asked why I chose to work for UNITED SIKHS. I was born and raised in America, have family with cut hair, and cannot speak Punjabi. So why do I even care?
What are you willing to do for Sikh Rights?
Dec 31, 2013
A few years ago, I came to the states to pursue a Masters in Law degree. UNITED SIKHS motto of Recognize The Human Race As One was enough to encourage me to take my Staff Attorney position with them. This armed me with what I needed to pursue my goal of fighting for Sikh Rights!
With over 20 disaster relief assistance projects across the globe from Asian Tsunami, American Katrina and Rita Hurricane Relief, South Asian Earthquake in India and Pakistan, to the Indonesian Earthquake, UNITED SIKHS is humbled to be able to particiate in these missions.
You have made this happen for 14 years...
Dec 24, 2013
Dear Supporter, We wanted to show how your contribution has helped many across the globe. None of this would be possible without your generosity. As we embark on this journey for the year 2014, we request your continued support. Please make your year end tax deductible donation today
Global- UNITED SIKHS International Civil and Human Rights Advocacy (ICHRA) continues to serve a global Sikh community without borders, challenging the civil and human rights violations perpetrated against Sikhs worldwide. Here is an outline of our work country wise.
When you give us, we give to them! #GivingTuesday
Dec 03, 2013
Following the footsteps of Bhai Ghanaia, UNITED SIKHS is now leading the efforts of providing relief aid in Panay Islands of Philippines, where thousands are homeless and not much had been done until UNITED SIKHS arrival. UNITED SIKHS' teams have already provided aid to over 1,000 families in the Antique province.
Randhawa Village, Panjab, India - On Vaisakhi 2012, UNITED SIKHS opened a much-needed health facility in Panjab, India, serving needy women and children. Since then, we have been providing free healthcare to thousands at our Mother and Child Clinic (MCC) at the cost of one dollar per needy person.
Our youths had an amazing opportunity to meet with community leaders for a rare lesson in leadership and advocacy rights on Capitol Hill. The UNITED SIKHS Young Sikh Leaders Workshop (YSLW) provided students of undergraduate universities to gather at our nation's capitol to build their leadership and advocacy skills. They met with Sikh activists and leaders to learn about issues that affect the Sikh American community and discovered possible actions that may be taken to make a difference in the
UNITED SIKHS YOUNG SIKH LEADERS WORKSHOP 2013
The UNITED SIKHS Young Sikh Leaders Workshop (YSLW) will provide students of undergraduate universities to gather at our nation's capitol to build their leadership and advocacy skills. They will meet with Sikh activists and leaders to learn about issues that effect the Sikh American community and discover possible action that may be taken to make a difference in the community.
We have scheduled face to face meetings with over 22 State Representatives. We will also meet with the Director of NAACP; Department of State Representatives from-India, Pakistan, France, Belgium, Itly and Canada; Members of The Leadership Conference of Civil And Human Rights; Representatives from Department of Justice Community Relations Service; Representatives from the Department of Homeland Security and TSA; and Members of United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.
UNITED SIKHS once again gave the national Sikh community a chance to meet US Congressmen from different regions and federal agency officials face to face. Sikh activists and community members shared community concerns and expressed the need for change in our policies.
The UNTIED SIKHS Young Sikh Leaders Workshop (YSLW) will provide students of undergraduate universities to gather at our nation's capitol to build their leadership and advocacy skills. They will meet with Sikh activists and leaders to learn about issues that affect the Sikh American community and discover possible action that may be taken to make a difference in the community.
Since the launch of the American Sikh Caucus in April 2013, 30 Congressmen have supported our cause and joined the caucus. It is vital for us to come together to meet with these representatives and others to discuss issues and resolutions to better the lives of Sikhs in America.
SIKHS Win Third Turban Case at the UN against France
Oct 08, 2013
Paris, France, 8th Oct. 2013 – The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) concluded that France has violated the religious freedom of 57 year old Shingara Mann Singh when he was asked to remove his turban for his passport photograph.
UNITED SIKHS International Civil and Human Rights Advocacy (ICHRA) Team received an email confirmation from the Pikey Bar and Cafe Management detailing that the portraits of the Sikh Guru's have been removed from the Bar as of October 1st, 2013.
UNITED SIKHS and The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Mississippi, have filed a complaint with the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) today calling on state officials to investigate the harassment of Mr.Jagjeet Singh, a Sikh commercial truck driver pulled over earlier this year for a flat tire.
"Sikhs have fought in both World Wars while wearing their turbans. 200,000 Sikhs soldiers sacrificed their lives, 90,000 died and 100,000 were injured. They fought side by side with other soldiers, while wearing their turbans," said New Democratic Party Leader (NDP) Thomas Mulcair. NDP Leader Mulcair promised to fight against institutionalized discrimination in honour of Sikh Veterans. against it".
UNITED SIKHS is humbled to announce another civil rights policy advocacy victory resulting in the modification of court procedures in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, to recognize the Sikh religious practices.
Pike County, Mississippi- After filing a Civil Rights Complaint with the Department of Justice and persistent advocacy, the Pike County Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual now includes the harassment and non-discrimination policy. UNITED SIKHS welcomes this new policy.
Bobigny, Paris, August 18th, 2013- "Justice Delayed is Justice Denied”, the theme of our 5th Global Sikh Civil and Human Rights Conference was based upon the landmark decision of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in 76 year old French resident Ranjit Singh's turban case.
Livermore, California- “I have some bad news for you, that thing on your head is not allowed”, is how Arminder Singh (26), Gurpreet Singh (16), Diljit Singh (15), and Jaskirat Singh (11), were greeted by the employee of Boomers when they wanted to go kart.
Five years after the First Global Sikh Civil and Human Rights Conference that challenged the laws in France banning ostensible religious symbols in schools and on photograph identification as well as maintaining dignity in the post 9/11 world, UNITED SIKHS is honored to be holding the 5th Annual Global Sikh Civil and Human Rights Conference in Bobigny France on August 16th and August 17th.
Los Angeles, California- As we approach the first anniversary of the tragic Oak Creek Gurdwara Shooting in Wisconsin, it is heartbreaking to hear of the vandalization of another gurudwara. This time, the incident occurred in Los Angeles, California at the Riverside Gurdwara where the word “TERRORIST” was sprayed twice on the boundary walls of the Gurdwara.
United States- Fourth of July- Celebrating the nation's birthday sets off the start of one of the busiest times of the year to travel whether it is by car, plane, bus or train.
San Francisco – A Sikh couple who were singled out for questioning and asked to leave an Emeryville, CA. AMC movie theater on June 22, for wearing their Kirpans, religious articles of faith worn by Amritdhari (initiated) Sikhs, have retained legal counsel. A demand has been made to the theater company to preserve and turn over the surveillance video from the incident, apologize to the couple and change its discriminatory policies targeting Sikhs.
UNITED SIKHS AID Team Relief Efforts in Joshimath
Jun 25, 2013
Uttarakhand, India- After what seems to be never ending rainfall and the overflow of rivers, thousands of devotees have been left stranded looking for a safe haven to avoid the torrential flow of water. In an instant, hundreds were swept away by the flash floods. Kedarnath was most severely affected in relation to the devastation of human life as thousands are feared dead. Damage to property and infrastructure has crossed into many crores. Areas of Gaurikund, Rudraprayag, Govind Ghat and surroun
Sacramento Sikh Couple Kicked Out of AMC Theatre
Jun 23, 2013
Emeryville, California, USA - Harassed. Insulted. Embarrassed and humiliated are just few words to express how a Sikh couple felt after trying to have a fun night out at the movies. Like fellow Americans, a Sikh gentleman, Mr. Manjot Singh, took his wife out to the movies on a Saturday evening.
Baramulla, Kashmir, India – 10th June 2012: Turbaned Sikh students have been attending classes for the last fortnight following their earlier exclusion for wearing their turban at the St Joseph’s Higher Secondary School in Baramulla, 50 km from the State Capital, Srinagar.
Washington D.C- With the utmost gratitude, UNITED SIKHS thanks Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY) for his efforts to encourage the Department of Justice and FBI to begin tracking and quantifying hate crimes against Sikh, Hindu, and Arab Americans.
Sacramento, CA - California Senate Bill 231 passes in California Senate with unanimous support on May 29, 2013 and heads to the State Assembly. Introduced by State Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) SB 231 is a measure that will establish a California Bullying Prevention Coordinating Center, which shall address issues relating to bullying and peer abuse, with a particular focus on issues that impact pupils in kindergarten, grades 1 to 12, their families, peers, and communities.
Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir, India – 23rd May 2013 – A 107 year old Catholic school in Jammu and Kashmir banned the turban and excluded some 40 Sikh students from classes for wearing the turban last week. The St Joseph’s Higher Secondary School in Baramulla, 50 km from the State Capital, Srinagar, which has about 300 Sikh students, imposed the ban saying that the turban is against the school’s uniform code.
Perth, Australia, 17 May 2013, Bauer Media Ltd, a large media company, has this week apologised and expressed regret to UNITED SIKHS for any offence felt by any member of the Sikh community by the publication of an article and photograph of a Nihang Sikh in their porn magazine in January this year.
Washington D.C.- UNITED SIKHS proudly shares the news of the launch today of the First Sikh Congressional Caucus at Capitol Hill.
Sikhs Face Miscarriage Of Justice This Vaisakhi!
Apr 13, 2013
UNITED SIKHS extends blessings and good wishes to the community during this auspicious time of Vaisakhi. On this Vaisakhi, we pledge to protect your rights. Whereas we wish prosperity and peace for all on the pious occasion of Vaisakhi, it also serves as reminder of the challenges that the Khalsa Panth faces today.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WORKSHOP – A SUCCESS!
Apr 12, 2013
Seattle, Washington- “Know Your Rights,” a series of workshops sponsored by UNITED SIKHS to be held throughout the United States, was a success bringing together approximately 100 attendees at the Gurudwara Singh Sabha of Washington, 5200 Talbot Rd S. Renton, WA, on Saturday, March 30th, 2013.
First Canadian Sikh Summit a Success
Mar 18, 2013
Ottawa, Canada: Sikhs from all parts of Canada gathered together to meet with the Federal government, the New Democratic Party and Liberal Party leaders, and members of the opposition party to advocate for important Sikh civil and human rights issues at the first Canadian Sikh Summit in Ottawa D.C. The delegation encountered 27 MPs including Ministers and Parliamentarians from the ruling party, leaders and critics of opposition, and their staff members.
Toronto, Canada: UNITED SIKHS wrote to the Canadian Prime Minister earlier this week asking him to raise his objection to the turban ban in France, during his meeting with his French counterpart, who is currently visiting Canada.
SIKHS Win Turban Case Against France at the UN
Jan 12, 2012
The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) has concluded that France had violated the religious freedom of 76 year old Ranjit Singh when he was asked to remove his turban for his ID photograph.
Jatinder P. Singh, a Sikh American and Associate Director, UNITED SIKHS, offered prayers at the United Nations 67th General Assembly opening session.
Sikhs held a peaceful protest outside the French Embassy in New Delhi yesterday against the ongoing French turban. This was followed by the submission of a memorandum on the Turban issue addressed to French President Francois Hollande, who was on a trade visit to India.
PARTICIPATE AND MAKE VOICES BE HEARD!
Feb 05, 2013
UNITED SIKHS' Global: Click here to complete the 2012-2013 Global Sikh Civil Rights Survey. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard and your experience count.
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: On Australia Day (26 January 2013), Manmeet Singh, a newsagent in Brisbane, Queensland, brought to the attention of UNITED SIKHS the first-page article, "TURBAN LEGEND" in a pornographic magazine "The Picture" (#1272 30 January 2013). He saw a photograph of a Nihang Sikh (belonging to a centuries-old warrior Sikh order) on the cover page as he was shelving magazines in his shop, then saw the article and was deeply distressed.
Two Sikhs Brutally Murdered in Pakistan
Jan 09, 2013
Peshawar, Pakistan: UNITED SIKHS condemns two unrelated brutal killings in Pakistan- the beheading by militants of the father of eight children, Mohinder Singh, 40, and the brutal murder of a 40 year old Sikh Canadian woman, Rajvinder Kaur Gill.
12 REASONS FROM 2012 TO DONATE TO UNITED SIKHS!
Dec 31, 2012
13 years and counting ... UNITED SIKHS was founded in 1999 in the New York metropolitan area. Over the past 13 years, we have expanded to include 3 directorates: ICHRA( International Civil and Human Rights Advocacy), CEED (Community Education and Empowerment Directorate) and UNITED SIKHS' Aid. We also feel blessed that we are able to serve the Sikh and all minority communities globally.
Fly with Confidence-Another Victory for Sikh Rights!
Dec 21, 2012
New York, NY-: Persistent advocacy by UNITED SIKHS legal team culminated in a resounding win for Sikh rights. A Virginia based Sikh, who holds American citizenship, discovered he was on the "No Fly" list after he was stopped from boarding a flight back to the US on March 25, 2012.
UNITED SIKHS Advocacy, Global- An unwavering desire to protect Sikh rights and 9 years of gruelling seva culminated in successes this year in the cases fought by UNITED SIKHS at United Nations on behalf of Bikramjit Singh and Bhai Ranjit Singh. This would not have been possible without your support and the Guru's blessing.
Shooting at Connecticut school leaves 29 dead
Dec 14, 2012
Newton, CT- A horrendous act of violence took place today at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. According to reports a gunman appeared in the school buildingâ€™s main office at around 9:30 am.
Paris, France, 14 Dec 2012 – The UN Human Rights Committee has ruled that France's ban on the wearing of "conspicuous" religious symbols in schools - introduced in a law adopted in March 2004 - violated a Sikh student's right to manifest his religion, protected by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). In a decision that was sent out this week to the UNITED SIKHS legal team, in relation to a complaint made by Bikramjit Singh in 2008, the Committee accepted that the wea
UNITED SIKHS would like to extend an invitation to all members of the local community to join the Commemoration of Illinois House Resolution 1193 on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at: Sikh Religious Society Gurdwara Sahib, 1280 Winnetka Street, Palatine, Illinois.
UNITED SIKHS will hold a media conference at 3pm on Friday 14th Dec 2012 to announce the UN decision in a case brought by UNITED SIKHS lawyers for Bikramjit Singh who was expelled from school in 2004 when France introduced a law that banned religious signs in public schools, including the Sikh turban.
How much is your identity worth?
Dec 11, 2012
North Carolina, USA- As TSA celebrated Diversity Day in October, UNITED SIKHS in partnership with Charlotte Sikh community attended this event for the 3rd consecutive year to help create awareness to protect the SIkh Identity. Sangat from Raleigh joined this annual event too.
WASHINGTON D.C: On Friday, December 7th, the White House celebrated 544th birthday of the first guru of Sikhs, Guru Nanak Dev Ji. UNITED SIKHS volunteers, community members, activists and Sikhs from all over the United States joined in the celebrations. The White House's Eisenhower executive office building was filled with Sikh Jaikaras and the universal message of Guru Nanak's mission of remembering one god, equality and truthful living.
Sikh gas station worker shot at in South Carolina
Nov 30, 2012
Inman, SC - UNITED SIKHS has been informed that on November 19, 2012 at approximately 11:15 pm, a Sikh gas station worker was shot at in Inman, South Carolina.
Sikhs across the globe are celebrating the birthday of the first Sikh Guru, the founder of the Sikh religion, Guru Nanak Dev ji today. The teachings of Guru Nanak Devji of sharing with others (Vand Chakko), making an honest living (Kirat Karo), and remembering god at all times (Naam Japna) continue to guide us in every aspect of our lives.
Its GivingTuesday! How do You Plan to Give Back ?
Nov 27, 2012
You can give back by donating to UNITED SIKHS. A few highlights of our work this year:
Oak Creek, WI Investigation Report released
Nov 21, 2012
Teresa Carlson, special agent in charge of the FBI's Milwaukee office, announced on Tuesday, Nov 20. 2012 that the agency has finished its probe into the Oak Creek, Wisconsin shooting on August 5, 2012, that killed six Sikh worshippers and injured four individuals.
Another Gurdwara targeted
Nov 16, 2012
Norcoss, GA, USA- Incident reported for this past Sunday, around 12:30 pm at another Gurdwara. A white male likely between the age of 17-22, entered the parking lot of the Norcross, GA Gurdwara situated at 1158 Rockbridge Road, and started scratching the parked cars with a very sharp object.
UNITED SIKHS calls on all members of the Sikh community to take an active role in signing the petition enacted yesterday by City Comptroller John C. Liu.
In the aftermath of the violent attack in Oak Creek Gurdwara, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) chaired a monumental hearing yesterday, the first Congressional hearing in recent years on the threat posed by domestic extremists.
Charlotte, NC, USA: Sikhs leaders from California, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia got together in Charlotte to discuss important Sikh civil and human rights issues.
72 year old Avtar Singh, a gas station owner and one of the founding members of Glen Rock Gurdwara in New Jersey, was brutally beaten by his neighbor, Edward Koscovski, who owns a car business in Paterson (New Jersey) and shares a common driveway with Avtar Singh.
Sikhs Unite in Wake of the Wisconsin Tragedy
Aug 07, 2012
It is this lesson of humility that had joined the Sikhs together across the world. UNITED SIKHS stands in solidarity with the Sikh communities rising above the tragedy that occurred on August 5, 2012 at the Sikh Gurudwara in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek in Wisconsin.
UNITED SIKHS strongly condemns the shooting of innocent Sikhs attending a morning prayer service today at a Gurdwara (place of worship) in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek.
New York, USA: The UNITED SIKHS' Fourth Annual Global Sikh Civil and Human Rights Conference held at the United Nations Church Center, this Tuesday on the 24th of April. The delegates from around the globe raised and discussed pressing issues facing the Sikh community.
London, UK, 20th April 2012 – UNITED SIKHS handed the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, a letter on Monday asking him to call on India to abolish the death penalty and to free Balwant Singh Rajoana, who is facing the death penalty.
New York, NY: On April 24th 2012, Sikhs, academics and civil rights advocates from across the world will gather in New York City for the 4th Annual Global Sikh Civil Rights Conference.The UNITED SIKHS staff and volunteers are gearing up for this very exciting, informative and inspiring event. Please save the date, April 24th and join us in New York!
Since 2008, UNITED SIKHS has been compiling information from Sikhs across the world to give a voice to a community across borders on the current practices, future policies and the overall state of human and civil rights of Sikhs in their respective countries.
El Sobrante, CA, USA: US Attorney, Melinda Hagg, contacted UNITED SIKHS Director, Jatinder SIngh, informing that a call has been placed already to the FBI Special Agent In Charge and a member of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee about the hate crime tracking issue raised by the community.
Recognize the Human Race as One
Jan 05, 2012
The celebration of the Birthday/ Prakash Utsav of the Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji serves as a reminder to all governments, civil servants, humanitarian-aid activists and educationalists in the world to Recognize the Human Race as One.
This Vaisakhi - The Khalsa Does its Duty
Apr 13, 2012
Dear Brothers and Sisters, we know that this does not come easy. The panth continues to face challenges - be it in France where Sikhs are forced to remove their dastaar at school or for their ID photo;
12 REASONS UNITED SIKHS DESERVES YOUR SUPPORT
Dec 31, 2011
UNITED SIKHS began in 1999 when a group of Sikhs from the New York metropolitan area banded together to assist in the socio-economic development of the local immigrant communities.
Protect Our Identity (POI) Campaign- This campaign is an on-going campaign since the time of the inception of the Khalsa in 1699. UNITED SIKHS takes upon itself, the role as a fundamental right to protect our Identity. This is an ongoing international campaign of UNITED SIKHS.
A 56 year old Sikh preacher, S. Anup Singh was attacked by a 26-year-old white man named Mitchell Dufur at the Fresno airport. A terrifying incident that has left the Sikh community in a shock.
Fremont, CALIFORNIA: UNITED SIKHS celebrated the opening of its Regional Office in Fremont, CA. Established in 11 countries around the globe and now with coast to coast offices in the United States
Washington, D.C.: UNITED SIKHS and other faith based organizations, earlier this summer, joined in the submission of an Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court in support of the position that preserves the integrity of the ministerial exception, which religious institutions have the right to claim in matters of employment.
TSA Charlotte invited the Sikh community to participate in their annual Diversity Day celebrations at the Charlotte Douglas International airport on Oct 12, 2011.
New York, NY: The Sikh community of North Carolina woke up to a rude shock this morning. The Southern Poverty Law Center reported that a Sikh owned convenience store was badly damaged due to suspected arson.
Paris, 11th September 2011, - As each us recall how life has changed post 9/11, two Sikh students felt the tremors last week in the suburbs of Paris, when their schools asked them to cut their hair- against Sikh tenets.
New York, NY: Ten years after the tragic events of September 11th, many community and faith groups are coming together to commemorate this anniversary through recommitting themselves to the American ideals of mutual respect..
Hungary, Europe: At 1.a.m. on July 12th, 2011, the Hungarian Parliament passed new legislation regarding religious rights entitled "The Right to Freedom of Conscience and Religion and on the Status of Churches, Religions and Religious Communities" ("the Religion Law"), which has effectively become the most oppressive law affecting religious freedoms in all of Europe.
Washington, DC: On July 13, 2011, the Washington Times held a conference entitled "Stop Religious Persecution Now," which was an interactive discussion with over 200 people from all faiths.
Chandigarh, Panjab - UNITED SIKHS has petitioned the Punjab Human Rights Commission (PHRC) to investigate the desecration of five Saroops of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and other Sikh scriptures in a Panjab village on 12th Aug 2011.
UNITED SIKHS Secure Kirpan Rights of Sikh Care Worker
July 31, 2011
Birmingham UK – UNITED SIKHS has been successful last month in securing the right of care worker Gianroop Singh to wear his Kirpan, a mandatory article of his faith, after he was initially told by his employer that he had to take it off at his workplace.
Los Fresnos, Texas, USA – Gurvinder Singh, a UNITED SIKHS board member, along with his volunteer team comprised of Kulwinder Singh, Mandeep Singh
New York City, New York, USA – On June 13, 2011, the New York City Council’s Education Committee, which is chaired by Councilman Robert Jackson, held a public hearing
New York, NY: In 1964, the passage of the Civil Rights Act ushered in a new era in the United States -an era in which the federal government would begin to take positive steps
July 19, 2011 (Washington, DC) – Last week, representatives of the UNITED SIKHS, Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), and Sikh Coalition met with the head of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
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Washington, DC: From June 14-16th, Georgetown Law Center hosted the 21st annual Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference (CFP2011). The Conference is a multi-stakeholder structure that brings together government officials
London, UK – UNITED SIKHS this week sent a complaint to the Chairman of the BBC Trust regarding the offensive portrayal of the Sikh identity in the BBC3 programme, ‘World’s Craziest Fools’.
New York, NY: On Memorial Day, Jiwan Singh was attacked on the "A" train by a perpetrator who accused Mr. Singh of being the brother of Osama Bin Laden, and then proceeded to violently attack him, knocking out several teeth.
New York, NY: UNITED SIKHS held a press conference and panel discussion to mark the launch of the 2010 Global Sikh Civil & Human Rights Report
KIRPAN BAN LIFTED AT AMRITSAR AIRPORT
June 07, 2011
Amritsar, Panjab 7th June 2011 – The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has today lifted the ban it had imposed in April on the wearing of a Kirpan by employees working on the airside at the Sri Guru Ramdas International Airport
Charlotte, NC: UNITED SIKHS and the Sikh Gurdwara of Charlotte continue to collaborate with federal law enforcement agencies across North and South Carolina to highlight challenges faced by the Sikh community.
Washington, DC: Nearly 50 community members met over 30 members of Congress and government agencies to advocate for Sikh civil and human rights at the 3rd Annual Sikh Summit from May 2nd - May 6th, 2011 in Washington DC.
Birmingham, UK - An employment tribunal ruled today (18th May 2011) that a Sikh Prison officer was not discriminated against when he was asked to remove his Kirpan...
Amritsar, Panjab – UNITED SIKHS has called on the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), that provides security at all Indian airports, to revoke the ban on employees wearing a Kirpan at the airside at the Sri Guru Ramdas...
Washington, DC: Nearly 50 community members met over 30 members of Congress and government agencies to advocate for Sikh civil and human rights at the 3rd Annual Sikh Summit from May 2nd - May 6th, 2011 in Washington DC.
17 April 2011, Mohali, Panjab –A bailable warrant of arrest was issued yesterday against Head Constable Ravinder Singh of Mohali Phase VIII Police Station for failing to attend court to report on a complaint filed by UNITED SIKHS concerning the removal of a turban of a Sikh...
Reisterstown, MD: On January 10, 2011, Harpreet Singh was visiting a 7/11 to purchase anti-freeze. That morning, along with his flowing beard, he was wearing a white kurta and a white dastaar.
Mohali, Panjab, India: UNITED SIKHS has filed today a criminal complaint with the Mohali Judicial Magistrate First Class about the willful public removal of a Sikh's Turban by a Punjab Police officer, who said he was acting on the instructions of a police superintendent.
New York, NY: UNITED SIKHS would like to invite you to the release of the 3rd Annual Global Sikh Civil and Human Rights Report. We will be hosting a press conference in New York City on Friday, March 28th, 2011. The Annual Civil & Human Rights Report highlights...
Sacramento, California: Please attend the Interfaith Prayer Vigil commemorating Sardar Surinder Singh and praying for the recovery of Sardar Gurmej Atwal. We stand in solidarity with the families in their hour of grief and urge all community members to attend the candlelight vigil.
Sacramento, California: The shooting of two elderly Sikh gentleman in the Elk Grove neighborhood on Friday, March 4, 2011 has left the Sikh community in Sacramento as well as the rest of the country deeply affected.
Austin, Texas: Sikhs in Austin face imminent danger to their religious freedom of assembly and practice if the Texas Supreme Court does not agree to review and subsequently overturn the Appellate Court's judgment that requires the removal of the new Gurdwara.
Quebec, Canada: Four Canadian Sikhs were refused entry into the National Assembly of Quebec unless they removed their kirpans. UNITED SIKHS is now petitioning for Sikhs to be able to wear their kirpans freely and would like your support.
Quebec, Canada: Four members of the World Sikh Organization of Canada were refused entry into the National Assembly of Quebec unless they removed their kirpans.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said that "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." UNITED SIKHS announces the 3rd Annual Global Sikh Civil & Human Rights Report, which has been timed for release this week to honor Dr.
SIKH BEHEADED BY TALIBAN – FAMILY RECEIVES HELP
Jan 18, 2011
18th January 2011, Peshawar, Pakistan – It is almost a year since Jaspal Singh’s family lost their 29- year-old breadwinner when he was brutally beheaded by the Taliban, on the border of the Khyber and Orakzai Agencies in Pakistan. However, his family was not forgotten by UNITED SIKHS and the Sikh community
Peshawar, PAKISTAN: Jaspal Singh, a resident of Peshawar, was brutally beheaded by Pakistan Taliban. He was one of three Sikhs abducted by the Taliban approximately 41 days ago and held for ransom. The other two abductees, Gurvinder Singh, and his uncle Surjeet Singh, are reported to be still in the custody of Taliban...
TOKYO, JAPAN: Bharpoor Singh has been jubilantly reunited with his wife and young children after being detained by immigration officials in Japan for over nine months.
NEW YORK, NY:The racial/religious profiling of the Sikh community at U.S. Airports due to Transportation Security Agency (TSA) policies is a civil and human rights question that should put all U.S.
Winnipeg, Canada - 6th Oct 2010 - A Sikh woman and her daughter flew into Winnipeg last week, after her husband was brutally killed two years ago by a group suspected to be the Taliban, near Peshawar.
London, UK - UNITED SIKHS and the Central Gurdwara London has called upon the Indian Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, to raise with his...
Michigan, USA: UNITED SIKHS is deeply concerned over the temporary ban of the kirpan from Plymouth-Canton Community Schools (P-CSS). Initially, the approach by the school was respectful and measured. The Principal of Bentley Elementary School recognized the religious significance
Never forget Elie Wiesel's call to action, "Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." Donate today to UNITED SIKHS!
Surrey, BC (CANADA): The first day of the 2010 Global Sikh Civil Rights Conference addressed women's rights and their role in protecting the Sikh identity. Women from all walks of life came together to discuss how they can engage more actively in the fight for Sikh civil and human rights
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.
NEW YORK, USA: Violations of human rights against minority and indigenous peoples are a common occurrence across the world. At UNITED SIKHS we are passionate about responding to day-to-day human rights concerns of minorities and indigenous groups through our work.
UNITED SIKHS has been compiling information from Sikhs across the world to give voice to a community across borders on the current practices, future policies and the overall state of human and civil rights of Sikhs in their respective countries.
CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE: Albert Kuperman, a 25 year old orthodox Jew, is a prison inmate who’s been prohibited from growing a beard. Federal Judge Steven McAuliffe recently ruled that inmates have no First Amendment right to grow facial hair, even over Constitutional arguments...
WASHINGTON D.C: On Friday the White House celebrated the 541st birthday of the first guru of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev Ji. UNITED SIKHS staff, community members and volunteers were there to join in with the celebrations.
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.
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA: Continuing advocacy meetings with lawmakers and government agencies on issues that most concern the Sikh community, UNITED SIKHS North Carolina members and volunteers partnered with Charlotte Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to...
WASHINGTON, DC: Early last month, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials told representatives of UNITED SIKHS, the Sikh Coalition, and the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) that Sikhs should now expect turbans to always be searched at American airports.
NEW YORK: UNITED SIKHS, on behalf of the global Sikh community, is urging President Barack Obama to not cancel his visit to one of the most sacred and historically revered Sikh Gurdwaras, Harmandar Sahib (also known as the Golden Temple). The President's visit to India in November has been marked with heightened jubilation, especially from the Sikh community.
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA: Continuing the series of town hall meetings that are part of the Sikh Awareness initiative in North Carolina, UNITED SIKHS partnered with The United States ....
NEW YORK, NY: Since the launch of the global Protect Our Identity campaign earlier this year, UNITED SIKHS has received an increase in reports of Sikh civil rights violations from all over the country and is actively pursuing cases where the Sikh identity has been under threat from institutions and their employees.
UNITED SIKHS launches the Global Protect Our Identity Campaign
August 26, 2010
Fremont, California: In wake of security policies and societal situations that threaten the Sikh identity across the world, UNITED SIKHS launched the global “Protect Our Identity” campaign to actively advocate for Sikh Civil Rights issues at a global level at the Gurdwara Sahib in Fremont, California on August 8, 2010.
Livingston, California: Thirty police officers of the City of Livingston police department attended an information session on Sikhism and Sikh identity on June 16, 2010.
Albany, NY & New York, NY: UNITED SIKHS was honored for their recent humanitarian aid efforts in Haiti and Chile, and ongoing civil rights advocacy work by the New York State and City lawmakers in May, 2010.
New York, NY: On June 4, 2010, during an internet political talk show, South Carolina Senator John M. Knotts Jr., repeatedly used the term “raghead” while referring to State Representative Nikki Haley...
Washington, DC: Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA – 32) introduced a written testimony on behalf of UNITED SIKHS at the House Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties on June 17, 2010 addressing concerns of racial profiling of Sikhs at airports.
London, UK and New York, U.S. - An online retailer based in the USA has been forced, by community pressure, to withdraw its designs which had offensively used the Sikh insignia (Khanda) and an image of the Sikh Guru on its underwear/ thong collection.
London, UK -Sikhs from around the UK are expected to gather at this protest to oppose the death penalty and help save the lives of 17 young men.
Washington, DC: In a week long series of meetings with lawmakers, Sikh organizations and community leaders engaged United States Senators and Members of Congress in a dialogue about issues that most affect Sikhs in the country.
UNITED SIKHS’ 2009 Global Sikh Civil Rights Report is a report where a community across borders voices their opinions on the current practices, future policies and the overall state of human and civil rights of Sikhs in their respective countries
Washington, D.C.: UNITED SIKHS is organizing the Sikh Summit 2010 from May 3rd to May 7th, 2010, where the participating members of the Sikh Delegation will meet with US Congressmen and Senators from different regions and share the concerns of the community with our lawmakers.
April 2, 2010, Washington, D.C.: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced new measures to strengthen aviation security. These new measure supersede the 3 month old security policy aimed at heightened security procedures for the citizens of and travelers through 14 countries.
After almost of year of campaigning, SALDEF, UNITED SIKHS, and the Sikh Coalition were pleased by the signing of HB 3686, effectively ending the ban on teachers having religiously required dress in school.
The campaign undertaken by UNITED SIKHS and other Sikh organizations to get Sikhs counted and disaggregated correctly has received overwhelming support from community leaders and members of the Sikh community.
Washington, D.C.: The Office of Robert Groves, Director, Census Bureau responded to the petition to disaggregate Sikhs correctly in Census 2010 and future Census products. The petition was submitted in the first week of February by UNITED SIKHS cosigned by 60 Organizations...
Washington, D.C.: UNITED SIKHS will be submitting a petition on behalf of Sikh Americans to ask the US Census Bureau to disaggregate Sikhs correctly in the 2010 Census and on future Census products this Thursday.
New York, NY, USA: In an effort to be correctly counted by the 2010 United States Census, UNITED SIKHS is urging organizations and individuals to sign a petition for Sikhs to be counted correctly. With a sizable presence spanning...
New York, NY: Harpreet Singh, Esq., former Legal Director of UNITED SIKHS recently joined the U.S. Department of Justice, Community Relations Service as the Regional Director of Region III. The Staff and Volunteers at UNITED SIKHS wish him all the best...
Washington DC, USA: Sikhs are facing unwarranted attention at airports while traveling, with an increase of reports of harassment at border entry points and during airport screening. According to new screening procedures announced by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) standards, all passengers traveling to the United States...
Washington DC – The Oregon state legislature is likely to take action in the next month to repeal ORS 342.650, an Oregon law that effectively forbids turbaned Sikhs from working as public school teachers. In the Summer of 2009...
New York, NY, Dec 26, 2009: Your safety is our priority. Passengers flying from International locations to U.S. destinations may notice additional security measures in place.
Young Boy Missing From Union City, CA Since Saturday
Dec 24, 2009
Union City, CA: Jagmeet Sidhu, a 25 Year old male, has been missing since December 19th, 2009 from his home town Union City, CA. Jagmeet is 6 feet tall, has medium built and black hair.
Three internationally renowned Sikh religious musicians have reached a settlement with US Airways one year after they were removed from a flight at the Sacramento International Airport...
Toronto, Canada: UNITED SIKHS cordially invites you to attend and participate in the 2nd Global Sikh Civil Rights Conference: Preserving Our Past and Investing in Our Future to be held in Toronto, Canada from December 18, 2009 to December 20, 2009.
University College London, London, UK - Since the beginning of November, we have been reminded of the 25 years of continuing injustice against the Sikh victims of the 1984 pogroms in India.
Washington, DC, USA: The White House and the Sikh community celebrated the 540th Gurpurab (birth anniversary) of Guru Nanak Sahib Ji by holding a celestial musical performance yesterday.
Washington, DC, USA: Sikh leaders from around the country met with federal government officials earlier this week to advocate for important Sikh civil and human rights issues at the first Sikh Summit in Washington D.C. The delegation of thirteen, led by members...
Paris, France - A major French bank in Paris, who last month refused entry to a young Sikh customer because he wore a turban, has apologised for its “manifestly excessive and improper of security instructions.”
Mexico City, MEXICO: UNITED SIKHS voiced serious concerns over the position of the Sikh community in the case of a possible India-Pakistan nuclear conflict, while presenting at the United Nations 62nd Annual DPI/NGO Conference in Mexico City.
London, UK - UNITED SIKHS complained today to the Chairman of the BBC Trust for the misuse of the Khanda, a Sikh religious insignia, in BBC’s news reports last week on the sentencing of three men for heinous rape crimes.
First Global Sikh Civil Rights Report 2008
Feb 17, 2009
New York, NY, USA:- Encompassing issues ranging from racism and xenophobia, to discrimination against the dastaar (Sikh turban) and kakaar (articles of faith), to basic human rights such as freedom of movement, the First Global Sikh Civil Rights Report is the first of its kind.
AUSTIN, TX, USA - The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas and UNITED SIKHS, an organization devoted to promoting the civil and human rights of the Sikh community, today released copies of a joint letter...
UK School Bans Kirpan Forcing Sikh Out of School
Oct 8, 2009
London, U.K. - After two years of negotiating with his school, a 14 year old Sikh boy was told by his North London school that he would no longer be allowed to wear his Kirpan that he had been wearing for two years, because it posed a health and safety risk.
Westchester, New York, USA: A prominent clothing store denied they had discriminated against Amandeep Singh, a young Sikh man, when he was refused a job because of his turban and claimed that their staff had not understood their dress policy.
Battle Creek, MI, USA: Sikhs moved one step further in their continuous struggle to practice their religion freely. Sukhmeet Kaur, a Sikh student in the 8th grade..
San Diego, CA, USA: The Sikh community of San Diego and Imperial Counties joined hands with UNITED SIKHS to launch an effort to count Sikhs separately in the US Census on August 19th. Speaking at a Regional State Convening ...
New York, NY, USA: In preparation for the second-annual Global Sikh Civil Rights Report, UNITED SIKHS has launched a survey to ascertain the state of the global Sikh nation, and urges all members of the international Sikh community to participate.
El Sobrante, CA; Dallas, TX; Washington, D.C., USA; New York, NY: UNITED SIKHS continues its mission to combat discrimination and promote Sikh awareness in partnership with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by holding education and awareness seminars throughout the United States
Richmond Hill, Queens, NY, USA: Last Sunday, UNITED SIKHS partnered with the Jewish Community Relations Council, Council of Peoples Organization, the New York City Police Department (NYPD),
STRASBOURG, France: The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) dismissed last month the first legal challenge, since France passed a law in 2004 banning religious signs in schools, filed by UNITED SIKHS on behalf of Jasvir Singh.
Washington, DC, USA: An 88-year-old rifle-wielding white supremacist, James von Brunn, opened-fire and fatally injured a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum yesterday...
New York, NY, USA: Every 10 years, the United States government is required by the Constitution to conduct a Census count. The importance of the Census count cannot be stressed enough â€“ Census data is used to determine how more than $300 billion per year in federal..
Leicester, UK: A sixth-form college today said they will allow Sikh students to wear their kirpan, a Sikh article faith, after a 16 year old Sikh girl was stopped two days ago from taking her AS level exams (pre-university) because she wore a kirpan.
New York, New York, USA: Senator Charles E. Schumer (NY) spoke before thousands of Sikhs at the 22nd Annual Sikh Day Parade in New York City this past Saturday, marking the first time a United States Senator has attended the parade.
On this day exactly three centuries and one decade ago, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs, founded the Khalsa with the purpose of upholding truth and justice while living ones life with utmost integrity.
Westchester County, New York, USA: Westchester County Healthcare settled a case where an elderly Sikh man, Pyara Singh Sahansra, was negligently shaved by staff while he was in long-term care. UNITED SIKHS and law-firm Storzer and Greene, LLC secured a settlement ...
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) visited Gurdwara Sahib of Charlotte, a Sikh place of worship, on Sunday, March 29th, as part of an ongoing collaborative effort with UNITED SIKHS to educate the Sikh community about employment discrimination.
Gagandeep Singh, a 21 year old Sikh student, suffered injustice twice, when he was assaulted by security and then arrested by police at a Toronto Raptor's game last Friday, after security officers at the Air Canada Centre began to harass Gagandeep.
New York City Councilmember Tony Avella and UNITED SIKHS called on police to vigorously pursue the third attacker who remains at large after Jasmir Singh, a 21-year-old Sikh college student, was savagely attacked and stabbed in his left eye on 18th January 2009.
Dallas, Texas, USA - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), assisted by UNITED SIKHS, settled an employment discrimination case earlier this week against Champion National Security, a security firm that ..
Jackson Heights, New York, USA: In a press conference and at a separate meeting today in Jackson Heights, police were urged to investigate if the violent assault and robbery on Jasmir Singh last Sunday could be charged as a hate crime.
Sikh Seriously Injured after Unprovoked Assault Outside NY Gurdwara
January 16, 2008
Jamaica, NY - Baljeet Singh, a 63-year-old Sikh man suffered serious injuries on Monday evening during an unprovoked attack by David C. Wood, a next-door neighbour to the gurdwara (Sikh place of worship) at 95th Avenue and 222nd Street in ...
Jackson Heights, New York, USA: Jasmir Singh, a 21-year-old Sikh college student was savagely attacked and stabbed in his left eye during an unprovoked attack on Sunday outside a grocery store in Queens, New York by three young men wielding a glass bottle. Jasmir sustained injuries to his left-eye, head, face, and back, and has not regained his vision after undergoing a five hour surgery...
New York, NY, USA: The poem inscribed on a plaque in the Statue of Liberty welcoming those seeking a better life and the realization of a dream has become embedded in our minds. On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood in Washington D.C., eyes affixed on the future, sharing his vision with the nation.
We have fought the Right To Turban battle relentlessly for the last five years. We ask you today to back us financially so that we may meet our shortfall of $150,000 (USD) that we have spent defending the right to wear the turban of 13 Sikhs in France and Belgium.
Sikhs Challenge France on Turban Ban before UN
Dec 15, 2008
United Nations Plaza, New York, NY, USA - UNITED SIKHS’ lawyers announced that they filed today a legal challenge to the French law banning the wearing of the turban in schools and on ID document photos. The three cases, before the United Nations Human Rights committee (UNHRC)...
STRASBOURG, France: The European Court of Human Rights dismissed a legal challenge last week to the French law banning the wearing of the turban on ID document photos, filed by UNITED SIKHS..
Sacramento, California, USA: In a disturbing incident reminiscent of widespread discrimination in 2001, three eminent Sikh classical religious musicians, Gulbag Singh, Davinder Singh, and Iqbal Singh were 'kicked off' a US Airways flight..
UNITED SIKHS WRITES TO PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA
Nov 05, 2008
UNITED SIKHS, an international UN affiliated, civil rights and humanitarian relief organization, working for millions of Sikhs and other minorities globally, offers you our prayers and support as you embark on the enormous challenge of leading the United States of America, at a time
Brussels, Belgium - UNITED SIKHS, in conjunction with Belgian Gurdwaras ( Places of worship), issued a statement airing concerns for religious freedom in Belgium, which was carried in full in a prominent Belgian daily newspaper, Le Soir, on 18 November 2008. This statement which...
Sikh Voter Interest Increases Dramatically
Nov 04, 2008
New York, NY, USA: During voter registration drives this year, UNITED SIKHS volunteers recorded an increase in registering voters, as well as peaked interest in today's historic election.
Lisbon, Portugal - Earlier this month, Portuguese police did not charge a Sikh for wearing his kirpan (a religious blade and one of the Sikh articles of faith), even though its blade exceeded the legal limit, because they recognised its religious significance.
Vilvoorde, Belgium - As non-stop prayers were in progress yesterday for the auspicious tercentenary of the enthronement of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, police raided the Gurdwara Guru Nanak Singh Sahib (Sikh place of worship) in Vilvoorde..
Paris, France - SIKHS faced a mixed reception in Paris earlier this month when they were refused entry to a UN conference at the UNESCO Headquarters because they wore a kirpan, a curved religious blade...
Montreal, Quebec, Canada: A thirteen-year-old Sikh boy was suspended from school on September 11th after being accused of threatening another student outside school with his kirpan (a short steel or iron blade that is carried as one of five articles of faith).
London, UK – UNITED SIKHS welcomes a High Court ruling this week that a Welsh school had broken the law in permanently excluding a Sikh girl for wearing a kara, a steel bangle worn by Sikhs. With the backing of UNITED SIKHS, the human rights group Liberty had challenged the Aberdare Girl’s School on behalf ...
Stamford, CT, USA: The prosecution dropped charges against 47 year old truck driver, Sachdev Singh, for wearing a kirpan (a blade that is carried by Sikhs as an article of faith), after meeting him with UNITED SIKHS attorney, Jaspreet Singh, at the State of Connecticut Superior Court earlier today.
Dallas, Texas, USA – UNITED SIKHS applauds the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency whose mandate is to end discrimination in the workplace..
Hasselt, Belgium - The Hasselt Civil Court overturned today a ban on the patka, a Sikh head covering, which was imposed by a state school, KTA Domein Speelhof, on five Sikh schoolboys since 2005.
Stamford, CT: Forty-seven year old truck driver Sachdev Singh entered the State of Connecticut Superior Court on June 18, 2008, seeking to contest a traffic violation when he was arrested for wearing a kirpan..
UK School Reverses Ban on the patka (Sikh head covering)
June 14, 2008
Coventry, U.K. - A state school this week reversed its policy of banning the patka (Sikh head dress) after UNITED SIKHS wrote to the school principal last week on behalf of the parents and the local Sikh Gurdwara (place of worship)..
Sikh Student Assaulted by Bully in High School in Queens
June 05, 2008
Queens, NY: A 9th grade Sikh student at Richmond Hill High School was recently attacked by a fellow student who had been bullying him for some time. The victim had previously reported being bullied by this classmate several times to both his teacher and parents, and the latter even brought the situation to...
London, UK - UNITED SIKHS lawyers announced today that they filed a legal challenge last Friday to the French law which banned the turban in public schools in 2004. The cases before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg will be the first against France since it passed
Queens, NY: Umair Ahmed, who forcibly cut his Sikh classmate's hair, is to be sentenced on Thursday, 5 June 2008 at Queens Criminal Court. The crime in question occurred on May 24, 2007, after a lengthy argument between the victim and Ahmed had caused tension to escalate between the two. Previously, Ahmed threatened to beat up the Sikh student, causing the latter to take an alternative route back home. However, on the day of the assault, Ahmed confronted the victim and stated his intentions to c
New York, NY, USA - The Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) invited Brian addressed the Sikh community at the Annual Sikh Day Parade in downtown Manhattan on April 26th. The EEOC is a federal agency working to end employment discrimination...
Dallas, TX: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) visited Dallas’ Gurdwara Singh Sabha Sunday, January 27th, in an effort to educate the Sikh community about employment discrimination, and ...
Sikh Appeals Verdict in Helmet Dispute
March 28, 2008
On March 6th, Ontario Court Judge James Blacklock issued an opinion denying Baljinder Singh Badesha the right to wear his turban unhindered while riding a motorcycle. Badesha, a devout Sikh whose practice does not allow his turban to be covered, began combating the traffic citation he received for not wearing a...
On this same day in 1699, Guru Gobind Singh established the Khalsa, the initiated order of "saint-soldiers", dedicated to Sikhism and justice. During a time of tyranny and religious intolerance, the Khalsa rose up to defend the weak and defenseless of all faiths...
Houston, Texas, USA - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) visited Gurdwara Sikh Center of Houston on Sunday, April 6th, in their ongoing collaborative effort with UNITED SIKHS to educate the Sikh community about employment discrimination....
Washington State Issues Revised Guidelines Allowing Turbans
March 13, 2008
Seattle, WA, USA: In a victory for the Sikh community of Washington State, the Department of Licensing issued revised guidelines to its employees regarding religious headgear, late last month. UNITED SIKHS and the Sikh community applaud Governor Christine Gregoire's Office and the Department of Licensing...
New York, New York – After two and a half days of deliberations, the jury found Umair Ahmed guilty of menacing in the second degree as a hate crime, coercion in the second degree as a hate crime, harassment, and possession of a deadly weapon, in an incident where a Sikh high-school student’s hair ...
Sikh Schoolboy to Receive Justice for Forced Haircut?
March 3, 2008
Queens, New York – Court is in session this week for the Sikh schoolboy whose hair was forcibly cut at the hands of a classmate in May 2007. The defendant, Umair Ahmed, 17, has been indicted on a total of nine charges, four of which are hate crimes. The trial began on Friday and is likely to proceed through this week.
Seattle, WA: After previously being issued driver’s licenses that were “Not Valid for Identification”, Salwinder S. Atwal, Kundan Singh, and Gurpreet Singh of Washington State will be receiving driver’s licenses that are valid for identification including pictures....
New York, NY – UNITED SIKHS extends its heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of Congressman Tom Lantos, a celebrated champion of the environment and human rights, who passed away on Monday after an illness.
Seattle, WA, USA - Imagine attempting to obtain or renew your driver’s license and being asked to remove or lift your turban to expose your hairline. You refuse, stating, “This is my everyday appearance.”
PM raises turban issue with Sarkozy
January 25, 2008
Sikh boys aren't allowed to wear turbans in school as a policy in France. The issue was raised by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with France President Nicholas Sarkozy during their meeting...
Sikhs want Indian PM to press Sarkozy to lift ban on turban
January 25, 2008
NEW DELHI: Indian Sikh organisations on Friday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take up the issue of a ban on wearing turbans in French state schools with visiting French President...
VIEW: It is an internal matter of France
January 25, 2008
Sikh organisations want Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to urge French President Nicolas Sarkozy to relax the ban on turbans in government-run schools in France...
We will look at turban ban: Sarkozy
January 25, 2008
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha L.K. Advani on Friday raised the issue of ban on Sikh turbans in French government schools with President Nicolas Sarkozy...
UNITED SIKHS and the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers LPP filed a lawsuit in the Federal Court a fortnight ago to enforce a Sikh prisoner's right to practise his religion and to ensure that Sikh prisoners have the same rights as other prisoners.
Sikh Man Attacked Only Yards From His Doorstep
December 6, 2007
Richmond Hill, New York City - 59 year old Gurjit Singh was viciously attacked during a robbery by three youths, only a few doors away from his home last month. He was dragged to the floor and he laid....
Sikh Man has Head Surgery after NY Attack on Xmas Eve
December 28, 2007
Flushing, Queens, New York City – Three men were viciously attacked in separate robberies within two hours of each other in Flushing, on Christmas eve, which left Amarjit Singh, a 45 year-old Sikh taxi driver, with head injuries....
Sikhs remained in high spirits as they continued to lobby their Members of European Parliament (MEPs) after they were prevented from entering the European parliament for refusing to remove their Kirpan.
Jasmeet Singh, one of four French-Sikh schoolboys excluded from school in September for refusing to remove their Turbans, will face a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday 21st November.
Sikhs take French turban ban to European human rights court European Parliament, Brussels - UNITED SIKHS' lawyers announced that they filed today a legal challenge to the French law banning the wearing of the turban on ID document photos. The case, before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ...
Sikhs to take French turban ban to the UN
June 28, 2007
United Nations, New York - UNITED SIKHS lawyers will take to the UN Human Rights Committee next month the first cases challenging the French law banning the wearing of the turban on..
French Highest Court Upholds Turban Ban in Schools
December 13, 2007
Paris, France - Last week the Conseil Detat, France's highest court, ruled that the ban against the turban in schools was legal because there was a greater interest to be served in preserving secularity than a religious belief...
As we reported last year, the (Transportation Security Administration) TSA has implemented changes in how they screen Sikhs and their turbans in US airports....
Over five thousand Sikhs including 2000 students marched in New Delhi last night as show of support for French Sikhs since France banned the Turban in public schools and on ID documents. The march....
New Delhi : UNITED SIKHS, a United Nations affiliated international advocacy NGO, calls on Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to convince President Nicholas Sarkozy, during the latter's visit to India this week, to reverse the Sikh Turban ban in France...
New Delhi, 25th January 2008 –UNITED SIKHS, a United Nations affiliated international advocacy NGO and other Sikh organizations request the Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to publicly state if he will discuss the Sikh Turban issue...
Despite 15 year old Amandeep Singh's exemplary academic and disciplinary records, he was suspended from his New York state Greenburgh Central School last month when the Kirpan he has been ...
US Prosecutor Drops Charges for Wearing Kirpan
December 4, 2005
UNITED SIKHS, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan, and attorney Mike Gibbs successfully persuaded a City of Detroit prosecutor to drop charges last month against Sukhpreet Singh...
UNITED SIKHS Defends Sikh Students Suspended for Wearing a Kirpan
December 29, 2005
UNITED SIKHS is investigating a case of two Sikh schoolchildren who were suspended for wearing a Kirpan, a Sikh article of faith. Amarinder Singh and Harpreet Singh, both aged 14, who have been attending Richmond Hill High School were suspended for wearing a Kirpan.
UNITED SIKHS successfully intervened to ensure that a fitness instructor, Harmeet Singh, was able to wear his Turban at work after he was told by his employer last month that he would have to remove his Turban...
The British Police have been asked for a public assurance that Kirpan-wearing Sikhs will not be discriminated...
SIKH POSTAL WORKER SECURES RIGHT TO WEAR TURBAN
May 10, 2006
A United States postal worker, who was initially told by his employer that he would not be allowed to wear his Turban...
It's Official - Increased Turban Screening at US Airports
August 23, 2007
Washington DC - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) held a belated briefing yesterday on the revised procedures of screening head coverings at US airports ...
No Change at UK Airports for Turban Screening
August 25, 2007
London, UK - The Department of Transport UK has confirmed to UNITED SIKHS that there is no change in the existing procedures for screening Turban wearing Sikhs at UK airports ...
TSA Plans to Meet Sikhs Next Week on Turban Screening
September 1, 2007
Washington DC - UNITED SIKHS was contacted yesterday by the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Acting Special Counselor, Kimberley Walton, who said that the TSA is keen to meet the Sikh community as early as next week ...
Washington DC - Discrimination against Sikhs in the workplace has not subsided since its rapid increase in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) figures...
Sikh American Groups Meet with TSA about Turban Screening Policy
September 12, 2007
Washington DC - Representatives from the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), the Sikh Coalition, and UNITED SIKHS, met on Monday with officials from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and...
TSA Develops New Procedure for Screening Turbans at US Airports
October 17, 2007
Washington DC - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) yesterday announced a new security screening procedure that will apply to all religious head coverings at U.S. airports. The new procedures will go into effect on October 27, 2007.
New York - New procedures will go into effect tomorrow with respect to screening the turban at USA airports...
London – With the backing of UNITED SIKHS and Sikh Federation (UK), the human rights group...
UPDATE: Arrest Made in Davinder Singh Case
June 28, 2005
The NYPD have made an arrest in the Davinder Singh case, bringing it one step closer to final justice. As reported earlier.
The Sikh community will meet the Metropolitan police at New Scotland Yard tomorrow (Tuesday) to seek the stepping up of security measures to protect the Sikh community and its Gurdwaras from the backlash to the London bombings.
The Metropolitan Police admitted that the Sikh community is particularly vulnerable to backlash crimes in the aftermath of the London bombings because of their visibility and that this is a police concern.
Guilty Verdicts for NY Sikhs’ Assailants
December 9, 2005
A long-awaited guilty verdict was returned on Monday for the five men who attacked 49-year-old Rajinder Singh Khalsa over a year ago in the Queens area of New York.
Justice for Khalsa?
December 12, 2005
On December 22, 2005 the final act in the Rajinder Singh Khalsa and Gurcharan Singh assault trial was played out. Five men were sentenced to minimum jail sentence for their part in this brutal crime after none of them were found guilty for a hate crime assault.
UNITED SIKHS International Civil and Human Rights Advocacy Directorate met police officials in New York towards the end of December to pursue the case of Avtar Singh Dhanjal...
The New York Police Department, in response to UNITED SIKHS’ intervention, has charged a 36 year old New Yorker.
Queens, New York: The recent incident pertaining to the Sikh boy's hair being forcibly cut by a fellow-student, at Newton High Schoool, Elmhurst, Queens, NY, came as a shock to the Sikh community.
Queens, New York – A Grand Jury filed an indictment today against Umair Ahmed, a 17 year old schoolboy, for forcibly cutting a 15 year old Sikh schoolboy's hair, accusing him of 9 charges, including coercion...
UNITED SIKHS has urged Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City to step up awareness training for law enforcement and other public agencies to ensure that the humiliating experience of UK Sikh tourists is not repeated.
The American Sikh Consultative Forum (ASCF) submitted on Wednesday a memorandum to New York City Agencies seeking redress on issues faced by Sikhs living in New York City.
UNITED SIKHS Responds to a Community Consultation by the UK Police
September 5, 2006
UNITED SIKHS has responded to questionnaires on policing issues from the Metropolitan Police and the British Transport Police.
FIRST SIKH LEGAL CLINIC STARTED IN NYC
June 10, 2006
The first free legal clinic for NY Sikhs, to educate them about their legal rights and how the law affects their lives, was held last month.
Parent Power: Sikh Mother Tackles Illegal Question by Education Board
September 13, 2006
Linda Singh, mother of five, sought help from various organizations last month when she noticed that the Carteret Board of Education were asking an unlawful question...
SIKHS WILL HAVE PRAYER ROOM FACILITIES AT JFK AIRPORT
December 4, 2007
At a meeting convened last week for the Sikh community, by New York City Assemblyman, Rory Lancman, the Port Authority has agreed to provide prayer facilities for Sikhs at the John F Kennedy...
ACLU attends Dallas gurdwara to educate Sikh community
January 21, 2008
Dallas, TX - "This is the most fun that I have ever had on the job,” said American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Texas Legal Director Lisa Graybill with a smile as she and her colleagues addressed the congregation of Gurdwara Singh Sabha of North Texas last Sunday with an informational presentation about Sikhs’ rights...