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Remembering 1984: WSO Hosts Seminars November 20th, 21st


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
November 13, 2010

Surrey: As the Sikh community marks the painful 26th anniversary of the 1984 Genocide of Sikhs across India, the World Sikh Organization of Canada will be holding two seminars in British Columbia to remember the carnage and bring to light the ongoing impunity and human rights violations in India and the role Canada must play to bring them to an end.

According to Amnesty International’s 2010 report on India, despite nine commissions of inquiry into the massacre, only twenty people have so far been convicted for the killing of Sikhs in November 1984. The accused organizers of the anti-Sikh violence such as Jagdish Tytler, Sajjan Kumar and Kamal Nath continue to hold prominent positions in the Congress party. Mr. Kamal Nath is the sitting Indian Minister for Road Transport and Highways.

On November 20 and 21, WSO in association with the Gurdwara Banda Singh Bahadur Society Abbotsford and Sri Guru Singh Sabha Surrey will be hosting seminars on the 1984 genocide and the current state of human rights in India.

The seminar will feature the creator of www.SikhToons.com, Vishvajit Singh who his himself a survivor of the Delhi massacre. Vishvajit Singh will speak about the events leading up to the massacres, the complicity of the Indian State and his own harrowing experiences as well as how they have shaped his life. There will also be an exhibition of Vishvajit Singh’s Sikhtoons art.

The seminar will focus on:

A victim’s story. What happened and why?
Current human rights abuses in India
The role of Canada and Canadian Sikhs in ending the cycle of impunity
Looking to the future: a panel discussion

The seminar will take place on Saturday November 20 at Gurdwara Banda Singh Bahadur Society, 31631 South Fraser Way Abbotsford, BC from 2 to 5pm with the Sikhtoons exhibition continuing until 8pm.

On Sunday November 21, the seminar and exhibition will take place at Sri Guru Singh Sabha Surrey, 8115 – 132 St., Surrey BC from 11am until 2pm.

The World Sikh Organization (WSO) is a non-profit international organization with a mandate to promote and protect the interests of the Sikh Diaspora, as well as to promote and advocate for the protection of human rights for all individuals, irrespective of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, and social and economic status.

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For more information, please contact:
Gian Singh Sandhu, at 604-341-2755, e-mail: gian@jackpinegroup.com; or,
Gurdit Singh at 778-322-9920, email: grangi@gmail.com