UNITED SIKHS Supports Sarbat Khalsa 2015 and Calls for Global Action against Sacrilege Incidents

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Call to Action:
Amritsar, Panjab, India - UNITED SIKHS calls on Sikhs to support the Sarbat Khalsa 2015, an international meeting of Sikhs in Amritsar on 10th Nov 2015, which has been called in response to the critical issues faced by Sikhs.
 
"We are deeply concerned about the recent incidents of sacrilege in Panjab against the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji that have hurt Sikh sentiments globally. We are also concerned about the manner in which the authority and stature of Sri Akal Takht Sahib, the temporal seat for Sikhs that was set up to uphold the Miri Piri principle of saint-soldier, has been undermined through political interference and poor leadership," said Gurvinder Singh, UNITED SIKHS Aid Director. Click here to read UNITED SIKHS official statement.
 
"We are very concerned that three weeks on, no culprit has been found for 11 incidents of sacrilege in Panjab. We ask you to write to your elected representatives to ask the Indian Prime Minister to break his silence against these incidents, condemn them and also call for a Commission of Inquiry, headed by eminent judges," added Mejindarpal Kaur, International Legal Director of UNITED SIKHS. A sample letter to your elected representative is here.
 
UNITED SIKHS, which has chapters registered in ten countries, supports the institution of the Sarbat Khalsa and the spirit of the Sarbat Khalsa 2015 called by the Khalsa Panth on 10th November 2015 at Amritsar. We call upon all Sikh organisations and individuals to unite and participate in the Sarbat Khalsa 2015.
 
The UNITED SIKHS team at the Sarbat Khalsa 2015 will participate in deliberations to support, interalia, the following:
  1. The selection of an interim Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht Sahib.
  2. The setting up of a global working body to create a transparent and an accountable process for the selection of the Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht Sahib and the governance of the Sri Akal Takht Sahib, to ensure that the Miri Piri principle is upheld with no State or political interference.
  3. A Sarbat Khalsa to be convened in 2016 to deliberate on and adopt the recommendations of the working body and to select a Jathedar of the Sri Akal Takht Sahib, with input from the global Sikh community, represented by Sikhs, regardless of age or gender.
 
To appreciate the need for a global participation in the Sarbat Khalsa, please read UNITED SIKHS' Global Sikh Civil and Human Rights Report that highlights critical issues faced by Sikhs globally that need the support of a robust and independent Sri Akal Takht Sahib. As an organisation, we face these issues when fighting legal battles for the right to wear kakaar (Sikh articles of faith) and against discrimination globally.
 

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Issued By- 
Mejindarpal Kaur
International Legal Director UNITED SIKHS
E:law-global@unitedsikhs.org

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