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Thursday, 21 October 2010

Wilson receives "Human Rights" Award from British Sikh Council!

Wilson with Upkar Rai the Communications Officer for the British Sikh Council and Vice President of Seven Kings Gurdwara.

Cllr Balvinder Saund awarded as Pride of British Sikhs.

MP Mike Gapes awarded.

Wilson spoke on the similarities of the Sikh and Christian faiths in their pursuance of peace and challenging of oppression.  His wife Juliet translated for the Panjabi speaking visitors.

Our Vice Chairman Wilson Chowdhry has long stood with other minority groups in campaigning for equality and human rights, both here in the UK and abroad.  A particularly close link exists between Pakistani Christians and Pakistani Sikhs, as a consequence of their minority status and  frequent persecution and incidents of inequality.  During the 1989 and 2004 attack on Nankana sahib Christians stood shoulder to shoulder with their Sikh counterparts in demanding justice and protection from the Pakistan Government.  In the same manner the Sikhs have also spoken out and assisted when attacks happen to Christian Communities. 

Here in the UK Sikhs and Christians of India and Pakistan can often be seen working together and Sikh speakers are synonymous to any public protest arranged by Pakistani Christians concerning persecution in Pakistan. 

Wilson has been working with the Sikh community for over 6 years and joined them in a Candlelight vigil in Ilford Town Centre during 2004.  The event featured in a number of media, as it was the first of their global 1984 Masscare Peace Vigils to hold a collaboration with other faiths.

Wilson was also responsible for the alteration of a Passport Office discriminatory practice that involved the refusal  of entry to their offices when applying for a 24 hour passport - to Sikhs wearing their Kirpaan (ceremonial knife).  Wilson eventually had this practice changed after evidencing that there had been no incident when a Kirpaan had been used inappropriately in the UK.  The Passport Office agreed to undertake a new risk assessment and created a scheme whereby Sikhs with a Kirpaan can now apply for and collect a 24 hour passport from the Collections department on request. This practice was adopted in 2006.

Wilson has also spoken at the memorial service of Sukhwinder Singh stabbed to death in Ilford, when protecting a woman from being mugged.  He has also worked with them on mutual campaigns for justice and the abrogation of the Blasphemy Law in Pakistan.

Wilson said:

"It was  great privilege to be nominated for this award.  I do what I do as there is a solid purpose and need and simply it is what God ask's from all of us.  Being recognised by the Sikh community for my work is particularly nice as I have so often enjoyed working with them.  Events like the one held by the British Sikh Community deserve recognition for the impact they have on community cohesion"

Here is what the British Sikh Council said:

British Sikh Council UK
Sikhs Celebrates establishment Tri-centenary of First Sikh Kingdom

British Sikh Council UK (BSC) invited other communities to attend its Annual Sikh Conference on Sunday, 17 October, 2010 held at Gurdwara Singh Sabha London East, Barking to mark the Tri-Centenary of the establishment of first Sikh Kingdom (Fateh Divas) and Sikh Human Rights.

This auspicious event in Sikh history marks the victory over the tyranny inflicted by Mogul Rulers and the establishment of the first Sikh Raj in Punjab (India) by the first Sikh Army General, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, appointed by the 10th and last living Guru Guru Gobind Singh Ji.

This conference was well attracted by a large number of leaders of Sikh organisation, and other communities. It was also attended by honourable Mr Mike Gapes MP Ilford,  Balvinder Kaur Saund. Councillor,Deputy Leader Redbridge Council, Ilford, Chair Person Womens Association, Baldish Kaur Nijjar Councillor Redbridge Council,
##Honoured by BSC as Pride of the British Sikhs.

Palbinder Singh Chairman
Metropolitan Police Sikh Association. Honoured by BSC as Pride of the British Sikhs

Manjit Singh Buttar J P : First Sikh Centurion Manager London Underground, Co-ordinator Trafalgar Square Visakhi Celebration, London, Campaigner of Sikh Human Rights and Founder Sikh Association  of London Underground.
 ##Honoured by BSC as Pride of the British Sikhs

Bachiter Singh Saggi: Manager London Underground, President and Founder; Sikh Association of London Underground

Surinder Singh Jandu General Secretary. Ramgarhia Sikh Council UK.
##Honoured by BSC as Pride of the British Sikhs
(For contributions towards Sikh Community)

Gagandeep Singh: Sikh Chaplain London, ##Honoured by BSC as Pride of the British Sikhs for commendable contributions towards Sikh Community)

Lakhwinder Singh Athwal, Gursikh youth; started age 5 Wado Ryu Karate, started Mugendo Kick Boxing at 9, Black belt age 12 in WRK, British  Kickboxing Champion 2006 and 2010 and representing UK at international Level.

##Honoured by BSC as Pride of the British Sikhs

Rajan Singh Rai: a very young boy winners of 28 , 9 Silvers and 18 Bronze Medals under10, under 15,in Paris and now under 17various champions in Fencing Cadet Team
##Honoured by BSC as Pride of the British Sikhs

Anmol Singh Rattan: Gursikh Boy, Winner British Fencing Cadet Team Medals and now representing Britain in Fencing at international level
##Honoured by BSC as Pride of the British Sikhs

 Human Rights Issues
 Sikhs living in European countries are facing a number of challenges due to European laws encroaching on entrenched and fundamental rights hitherto practiced by Sikhs. Matters causing debate include Sikhs being asked to provide photographs for their ID cards without their sacrosanct turbans. In addition, airport authorities have introduced daily turban searches for staff and travelling passengers at airports.

Sikhs suffered extensively during October-November 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi and in other parts of India and still seeking justice to this day.

Mr Wilson Chowdhary: President Pakistani Christian Association UK also attended this conference.

Pakistani Christian Community Association UK has been working in harmony with the British Sikh Council UK (PR Sectretary Upkar Singh Rai - Ilford Resident) in raising awareness of human rights violations and campaigning for the protection and restoration of minority rights.

 ##Honoured by BSC as Champion of Human Rights.
For his active participation, co-operation and support for BSC’s fight for Justice for Sikhs in Britain and Pakistan in the event of beheading Sikhs by Talibans and the release of other captives in the days , Murder of Gursikh Sukhwinder Singh who tried to defend a lady from a mugger in Ilford.


  1. Dear Borther !!

    Congratulations, this is a real blessing that someone is trying to build bridges with other minorities in subcontinent Indo pak.

    Best Regards


  2. Congratulations Wilson for winning this award.
    Prio. Khan.

  3. Congratulations ,Keep up the good work you are doing , God Bless you and Guide you for His Honour and Glory. Rgards Wilbert Isaacs. ( MIssissauga ,
    Ontario , Canada ).

  4. Congratulations Wilson,

    It is great to see the fruits of your work being recognized.

    Hammad and I are also starting to plan our tour of Pakistan for the last week of December and beginning of January. We will be doing concerts in many of the areas affect by persecution and injustice in the last year.

    God bless you and your struggle against injustice.


  5. David Prasad Castewatch22 October 2010 at 16:38

    Dear brother Wilson,

    It is a great news and I endorse British Council Coucil's initiative in awarding you with this recognition.

    Davinder Prasad
    General Secretary

  6. Congratulations are in order. Just keep on fighting for Human Rights.


    Robin Gill

  7. Ram Gidoomal (South Asian Forum)25 October 2010 at 11:35

    Dear Wilson

    Many congratulations on this award – it is so good that the work you have done for those of all communities is recognised in this way– well done!



  8. Reverend Shiraz Shahzad1 November 2010 at 09:14

    Brother wilson
    I am happy that Lord used you for great work and appericaite you and i give my regards to you.
    God Bless You.
    Rev shiraz shahhzad

  9. Pastor Samuel Gill1 November 2010 at 09:17

    Dear Wilson,
    Congratulation on obtaining this award.
    May the grace mercy and the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be multiplied you.
    Pastor Samuel Gill

  10. Congratulations- Keep up the good work.