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Singh v France [CCPR/C/ 102/D/ 1876/2009] – France Turban Case: access the documents

Sikh Siyasat Network has accessed the documents related to decision of United Nations Human Rights Committee in a case titled Singh v. France [CCPR /C/ 102/ D/ 1876/ 2009], known as the Turban case related to France. Access these documents now.

Sikhs win turban case against France at the United Nations

Bobigny, France (12 January, 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. This was disclosed today at a media conference, in Bobigny (near Paris), by the United Sikhs legal team, who had filed a communication on behalf of Ranjit Singh to the UNHRC in December 2008.

UNHRC’s decision in France turban case widely applauded world-over

Ludhiana, Punjab (January 13, 2012): Yesterday's decision of United Nations Human Rights Committee uplifting Dastar/Turban ban in France is widely welcomed by various Human rights activists, Sikh organizations, lawyers and rights bodies. Sikh Siyasat Network was able to collects comments of various prominent persons on this matter.

Desecration of Turban: Statements of Jagjeet Singh (Victim), Pritam Singh (S.P.-D.) and Kulbhushan Sharma (S.H.O.)

Chandigarh, PUNJAB (April 13, 2011): Advocate Navkiran Singh has provided English translation of Statements of Mohali (28 March, 2011) incident victim S. Jagjeet Singh and both accused police officers. (Download a copy of F.I.R.)

YouTube video is “exaggerated” version of incident, claim accused police officers

Chandigarh, PUNJAB (April 10, 2011): Punjab Police has registered F.I.R No. 26 (dated April 06, 2011) at police station SAS Nagar, Phase 8 regarding an incident (dated: March 28, 2011), in which Dastar (turban) of a Sikh was deliberately removed by SHO Kulbhushan Sharma, at the instance of his senior S.P. (D) Pritam Singh. Both accused police officers are charged with blasphemy (Section 295A of Indian Penal Code, 1860), and the matter has been referred to P. S. Gill, I.G. (Patiala range). I.G. is to complete investigations and submit the report with in three months.

Turban santching by Police infringes religious rights: Canadian Sikh Coalition

Vancouver, CANADA (March 31, 2011): Two police officers who tore off a Sikh’s turban on Monday during a peaceful rally by pharmacy students in Mohali, Punjab were suspended with pay. They should be fired, say leaders of the Canadian Sikh Coalition.

Desecration of Turban: Suspension is not enough, they must be criminally prosecuted

Chandigarh (March 31, 2011): Various Sikh bodies slammed Punjab police officers who committed blasphemy by removing the turban of a Sikh youth Jagjit Singh of Verka in full public view at Mohali.

SJF’s Open Letter to Punjab CM

On March 28, 2011 when pharmacists from Punjab exercising their fundamental right gathered in Mohali for a peaceful sit-in to high light their demands.

Sikhs across the globe condemn Badal Govt’s action of desecrating Dastar (Sikh Turban)

Ludhiana, PUNJAB (March 30, 2011): In a disturbing incident in Mohali, a young Sikh man’s turban was forcibly removed in broad day light by a police officer on the orders of another senior officer of Punjab Police. The incident proves that SAD (Badal) have not only failed to protect the dignity of Sikh articles of faith but they are also engaged in intentional desecration of Sikh turban.

Global Sikh Civil Rights Conference discusses how Sikhs can protect their Identity

LAST week marked the International Day for Human Rights, a theme that will continue throughout this weekend in Surrey at the third Global Sikh Civil Rights Conference organized by the United Sikhs organization.

Sikhs are compelled to remove their turbans for so-called security reasons even in India

Patiala (December 15, 2010): Taking a strong exception to the popularised view that the problem of compelling Sikhs to remove their turban for so-called security reasons exists in US, France or in foreign countries only; the SSF has maintained that the problem exists in India, and even in Punjab also. “Sikhs in India, and even in Punjab, are facing similar situation, where they are compelled to remove their turbans by police authorities” said Parmjeet Singh Gazi, National President of SSF.

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