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.
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
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
"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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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: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.
London, UK - UNITED SIKHS and the Central Gurdwara London has called upon the Indian Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, to raise with his...
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.
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.”
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.
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..
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.
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)..
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
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...
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...