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SOPW What Is Sikh Organisation For Prisoner Welfare (SOPW)?


Who are we?
The Sikh Organisation for Prisoner Welfare (SOPW) is a registered charity which was founded in 2008. It is run by volunteers and supported by people from all walks of life who are passionate about prisoner welfare, specifically in South Asia. SOPW is operated by UK based professionals with extensive management and governance experience.

Being Sikhs, we have a moral duty to help those in need, in particular prisoners of conscience. Our historic connection with South Asia, its increasing importance on the world scene and the fact that a quarter of humanity lives there makes it even more important that those suffering hardship in jail for their religious and political views are given hope by relieving some of their hardship.

What is our objective?

The relief of need, hardship, poverty and sickness among prisoners and detainees in any part of the world, whilst acting within the tenets and doctrines of Sikhism.

How we are doing this?

Meeting basic material, spiritual and psychological needs
Providing legal support/case management, where certain criteria are met
Raising awareness amongst the wider public of this issue

How you can help?
Giving a donation of just £20 a month will allow us to provide enough support for one prisoner's basic human needs for one month in South Asia. Please print off and sign the standing order form, Click here for the standing order form.


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Vaheguru ji ka Khalsa, Vaheguru ji ki Fateh !

This first year for Sikh Organisation for Prisoners Welfare (SOPW) has been very productive and successful. We have identified and currently look after approximately one hundred prisoners and have been able to facilitate the release/bailout of 10 Political Sikh Prisoners this year already.

This includes the bailout in November of Bibi Balwinder Kaur the wife of Jagtar Singh Hawara (pictures added to FB group) who had spent nearly 5 years in Sangrur jail and also Pargat Singh, Sukhdev Singh and Amarjit Singh from Nabha Jail who had served between five and 12 years respectively.

For continuance and expansion of our projects we need support of the Sangat, and for this we need to get the message of the plight of the Political Sikh prisoners to Sikhs worldwide.

This is a very important cause, and in most cases we are about 10 or 15 years too late. However, we can and must act now to reduce the suffering and hardship experienced by Sikhs who have been illegally detained over decades for their religious and political beliefs, for the Sikh Qaum.

No Sikh, or any individual with morals should rest and allow these grave abuses of human rights continue:

What can you do:

• Financially support and contribute towards the monthly welfare of a Sikh prisoner

• help advocate the plight of Political Sikh prisoners worldwide, by distributing literature in your towns/cities or through the Internet (forums, websites etc)
Read More:: Sikh Philosophy Network http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/showthread.php?t=28694 (Sikh Organisation for Prisoner Welfare - Update)

• Join our Facebook Fan Page, and please INVITE your family and friends to it, whilst you may not be able to support/volunteer , maybe a relative or friend may.

Please be sure to join our Fan Page: http://www.facebook....39282080?ref=ts

and group on Facebook if you are signed up:

Vaheguru ji ka Khalsa, Vaheguru ji ki Fateh

Registered Charity No. 1125370