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Aussie Sikh Student Wins Discrimination Case against Christian School [Copy of Full Judgement]

In a landmark decision, the Victorian Administrative and Civil Tribunal (VCAT) ruled on Tuesday that 5 year old Sidhak Singh had been unlawfully discriminated by a Christian school that had refused to enrol him because he had unshorn hair and wore a patka, a head covering worn by Sikh children.

British MPs Back Sikh Demand for Seperate Identity Column in Census

APPG for British Sikhs and Sikh Federation (UK) met with Deputy National Statistician seeking a separate Sikh ethnic tick box in the Census 2021.

WSO Canada Calls on SGPC, Giani Gurbachan Singh to Reject Proposed Italian “Modified” Kirpan

World Sikh Organization of Canada has called on Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee and Giani Gurbachan Singh to reject the proposed Italian "modification" of the kirpan.

Italian Govt. Allows Sikhs to wear specially designed Kirpan; Delegation Seeks Approval of Akal Takht

An Italian delegation, including Sikh activist Sukhdev Singh Kang, on Monday (June 26) sought Akal Takht’s approval for a specially designed Kirpan.

Italian Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Sikh Kirpans: Media Reports

The Italian Supreme Court has ruled against a Sikh migrant who wanted to carry Kirpan in public.

Sikh Voice Speaks Out At U.S. Senate Hate Crime Hearing

On May 02, 2017, Dr. Prabhjot Singh – a Sikh American who has experienced hate violence firsthand – testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the urgent need to address hate crimes in the United States.

FIBA Lifts Ban on Religious Headwear, including Sikh Dastar

In a game-changing move, FIBA, the world governing body for basketball, unanimously approved a new rule Thursday that will lift its ban on observant Sikhs and others wearing religious head coverings.

World Sikh Organization of Canada Releases Report on Bullying of Sikh Students in Peel Region

World Sikh Organization of Canada released a report today on issues faced by Sikh students in Ontario’s Peel District School Board (PDSB).

Turban Day: New York’s Times Square soaks in Sikh culture

The iconic Times Square was soaked in the colours and tradition of the Sikh culture on the Turban (Dastar) day organised by Sikhs of New York.

Amritdhari Sikh students asked to remove Kirpan on Yoga Day

As per media reports, Amritdhari Sikh students directed by the Chandigarh (U. T.) police to remove and keep their "Kirpans" at home while participating in Indian government sponsored Yoga Day in Chandigarh on June 21.

Banned from the ring, Sikh boxer fights religious discrimination

In 1999, Pardeep Singh Nagra was the Ontario flyweight amateur boxing champion. He was the best in the province, lightning-fast on his feet, and on his way to nationals.

Post Spike In Hate Crimes, US Sikh Community Launches New Tool To Report Incidents

Parminder Singh was driving across the country with his family. As he parked his truck near Knoxville in Tennessee, some White men approached him in the parking lot. They seemed angry and their anger was directed at him. "Why did you come here?" they shouted. "Go back to where you came from."

Major report on how Americans see Sikh religion & Sikhs to be released in Washington

A release by National Sikh Campaign (NSC) says that a major report on how Americans see Sikh religion and Sikhs is set to be released in Washington.

Sikh bodies to discuss hot issues, support Jathedar Nandgarh in 15 January meeting at Talwandi Sabo

Representatives of various Sikh organisations are expected to hold a meeting at Takht Damdama Sahib in Talwandi Sabo on January 15.

Akal Takhat Jathedar Supports “Sikhs are not Hindus” Petition to US President Obama – Directs Community to Support Signature Campaign Till December 31

A press release by All Indian Sikh Students Federation (Peermohammad) says "Akal Takhat Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh issued a “directive” to the Sikh community to continue signing the “Sikhs are not Hindus” petition till December 31 so that Obama be forced to raise “Sikh Issues” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

After decades of ‘relationship’ with Hindutva, Now Badal ‘re-realizes’ that Sikhs have a distinct identity

Threat to the Sikh identity is apparent and real in India as the Hindutva forces are hell-bent to assimilate the Sikhs to Hindu fold, but Badals are known for playing petty politics on this sensitive and serious issue.

Divergent statements by Badals on Sikh identity issue exposes their return to ‘Panthic agenda’

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy Sukhbir Badal, who also happens to be his son, recently expressed divergent views on the issue of Article 25 of the Indian Constitution, which mentions Sikhs as a part of Hindus.

Not feasible to make helmet mandatory for Sikh women: Delhi HC

Public Interest Litigations seeking revocation of the city government’s notification to exempt Sikh women from wearing helmet while driving or pillion riding two-wheelers were recently rejected by the Delhi High Court which observed that it is not feasible to make headguard mandatory for them.

Sikh Correctional Officer Adopts Sikh Articles of Faith, Obtains Religious Accommodation

CO Hundal has been employed by the Yolo County Sheriff's Office as a correctional officer for approximately 16 years. The department’s strict uniform and grooming guidelines prohibited him from keeping his hair and beard unshorn and wearing a turban at work. For 16 years, CO Hundal did not believe he could practice his religion while building his career.

Michigan Sikh Youth Responds to ‘Towel Head’ Comments

Moving back has been great after a long and busy summer. I was thrilled to see my friends again, excited to meet my new residents in South Quad and both nostalgic and ecstatic to start my last year here. But new years and people also bring new problems, and unfortunately Labor Day evening was a testament to that.

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