Washington, DC (May 21, 2013): It is learnt that a bipartisan group of 23 members of the U.S. Congress, representing the American Sikh Congressional Caucus, have written to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), requesting that the agency begin tracking hate crimes against Sikhs, the way it does for other communities.
London, United Kingdom (May 21, 2013): It is learnt that a Sikh bus driver in Finland is fighting for his right to wear a turban while at work. As per information Sukhdarshan Singh, who works at the Veolia bus company at Vantaa near the Finnish capital of Helsinki, is trying to set a precedent by making the authorities allow him to wear a turban at work.
New York, United States (May 20, 2013): According to a newsletter by the Sikh Coalition, the US Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at a Justice Department oversight hearing before the House Judiciary Committee in Congress on May 15, 2013 and publicly expressed support for adding Sikh, Hindu, and Arab-American categories to the FBI’s Hate Crime Incident Report (Form 1-699).
Wisconsin, United States (May 19, 2013): It is learnt that the United States district court of Eastern district of Wisconsin has dismissed the case filed by a New York based human rights body ‘Sikhs for Justice’, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) led by Simranjeet Singh Mann and others against the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.
New York, United States (May 18, 2013): The Sikh Coalition has sought the help of Sikhs in United States create a “Most Wanted” list of offending textbook manufacturers. According to an alert issued by the NGO (Sikh Coalition) a school girl Jaslin Kaur said: “In my world history class, I read that Sikhs are terrorists”.
Perth, Australia (May 18, 2013): As per a community alert (dtd. May 17, 2013) issued by an NGO named United Sikhs: “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”.
Toronto, Canada (May 16, 2013): As per information world’s oldest marathon runner Baba Fauja Singh will be participating in the first ever marathon being organised by the Sikhs of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in Canada May 19, 2013.
Paris, France (May 15, 2013): It is learnt that amid various protests by Sikhs in the UK, France and India against the death sentence to Sikh political prisoner Professor Devinderpal Singh Bhullar, three Sikhs of France have been sitting on hunger strike since May 8 at a Paris Gurdwara.
New York, USA (May 14, 2013): Since the evidentiary hearing and depositions of witnesses have been completed, Federal Judge Adelman will now decide whether the human rights violation law suit pending against CM Badal will be heard under the principles of Universal Jurisdiction as demanded by Sikh rights group or will be dismissed as per defendants motion for lack of service and personal jurisdiction of the US Court.
New York, USA (May 13, 2013): According to a release by the Sikh Coalition the US National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) provided Ampreet Singh, a Sikh optometry student, a religious accommodation to use a non-standardized optometry instrument — allowing him to wear his turban — to complete the clinical skills portion of the national licensing examination.
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