September 17, 2012 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Amritsar (September 17, 2012): According to reports the United States Congress would be holding hearing on hate crimes on September 19, 2012. This move is considered to have been taken in the wake of the August 05, 2012 Wisconsin Sikh Gurdwara terror strike in which six Sikhs were killed by a neo-Nazi named Wade M. Page. The US Congress’ move to hold this hearing is welcomed by various Sikh organisations and human rights bodies.
It is notable taht the hearing is being held at the request of Sikh organizations, human rights bodies and US lawmakers who maintained that the August 5 terror strike in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, was a result of hate crime.
The hearing would be presided over by Senator Dick Durbin, chairman of the Senate subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. According to a newsletter released by Sikh Coalition on August 21, a diverse group of more than 150 organisations, led by the Sikh Coalition, had requested a Senate hearing on hate crimes and domestic extremism.
“We commend Senator Durbin’s leadership in calling for this unprecedented hearing,” Amardeep Singh, co-founder and Programme Director for the Sikh Coalition is reported have said in a news report published by Hindustan Times (HT).
“As the tragedy in Oak Creek reminded us, the threat of domestic extremist hate violence is real, ever-present, and growing. The topic of domestic extremist hate violence certainly needs a Senate platform,” he added.
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