Press Release

The Vancouver Island Sikh Population held a conference on October 20, 1985. The theme of the convention was Sikh religion and human rights violations in India. It was a well-attended meeting and the International President of WSO and the National President were in attendance to outline the role of Sikh Community in Canada. The following resolutions were adopted unanimously at the end of conference:

  1. That World Sikh Organization supports and appeals to all the Sikhs in Canada to make use of the Political, Economic and Social System within Canada to promote and propagate Sikh cause.
  2. A deep concern was expressed at the activities of the Indian High Commissioner and its consulate offices in Vancouver and Toronto. It was resolved that the Government of India is responsible for creating a division among the Sikhs in Canada, as such the Canadian Government should investigate their role and take appropriate action.
  3. The Sikh Community of Canada feels that it is being victimized and some members are being unnecessarily questioned and harassed by the investigators. The government of Canada should take immediate steps to stop harassment. The community will be pleased to answer any questions that may be required to satisfy the Canadian authorities.
  4. While Hon. Prime Minister Brian Mulorony is meeting the Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, we request our Prime Minister to raise the human rights issue with him and also bring it to the attention of the World through United Nations Organizations meeting.

This conference was also attended by Hon. Bob Skelly, Dave Stupich, Her Worship the Mayor of Port Alberni.


Gian Singh Sandhu President WSO of Canada

Article extracted from this publication >>  November 8, 1985