Since the events of 9/11 in the US and the London bombings in July 2005, Sikhs
have been mistaken as Muslim and have been victims of hate crime. The hate crime incidents have severe implications for the global community, not least Sikhs and other minority communities, who have faced a sharp increase in hate/bias-related crimes.
Examples of hate crime include racial slurs and rudeness, such as spitting, and name-calling. Incidents also include indirect discrimination in the workplace and refusal of entry to places of leisure because of individual’s appearance such as wearing of turban. Physical assaults have also been on the rise against Sikhs and other minorities resulting in loss of life and damage to property, including Gurdwaras
In response to this, UNITED SIKHS has undertaken to collate data on hate/bias crimes and incidents against Sikhs to ensure that justice is properly served. UNITED SIKHS works in North America, the United Kingdom, and the rest of the world in partnership with other organizations to raise awareness of hate/bias-related incidents and crimes.
The Sikh Coalition is a community-based organization that works towards the realization of civil and human rights for all people. In particular, we work towards a world where Sikhs may freely practice and enjoy their faith while fostering strong relations with their local community wherever they may be.
Please report all such incidents to UNITED SIKHS or Sikh Coalition, no matter how insignificant you may feel they are.
Please also ensure that you do report hate/bias related incidents to the police, as they can only take actions if they are made aware of such incidents.
To view the list of hate crime against Sikhs, please visit Hate Crime News
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