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Sindhi Activist’s Workshop Hosted in Toronto

Toronto: On July 11th, 2015, the World Sindhi Congress hosted  an activist’s workshop in Toronto with the theme, “The Role of the Sindhi Diaspora in Promoting Human Rights around the World.” The workshop was held in the Mississauga Valley Community Center, a few dozen activists from the Greater Toronto Area participated in the seminar.Dileep Ratnani of World Sindhi Congress presented a multimedia presentation on the aims and objectives of WSC as well as a brief summary of achievements of WSC on Human rights advocacy.

Saghir Shaikh, the secretary general of WSC presented a paper on “The Changing Fabric of Sindhi Rights Movement.” “Sindhi rights movement is at its essence an indigenous people’s rights movement and is primarily asking for environmental justice, including an end to the appropriation of their natural resources, and national self-determination,” said Dr. Saghir Shaikh. He went on to explain, “The Sindhi National self-determination movement is non-violent and inclusive of the multi-lingual and secular realities of modern Sindhi society.”
The Workshop included a community dialogue on Sindhi nationalism & the Urdu speaking population of Sindh. Those who spoke and participated in this dialogue include  Mr. Asif Javed, Mr. Azam Bhatti, Mr. Khair Mohammed Kolachi of SANA, Mr. Hajan Kalhoro of WSC, Humaira Rehman of World Sindhi Institute, and Saghir Shaikh of WSC. The discussants agreed that it is essential to have peace among Sindhi and Urdu Speaking populations of Sindh if we wish to seek a meaningful progress in Sindh and get our rights. Participants also concluded that Sindh gets a raw deal from the federal budget structure. While Sindh contributes more than 70% to the federal pool, it only receive 15% in return.
Participants condemned the abysmal state of human rights in Sindh, including the extra-judicial killings and forced disappearances in Sindh and Balochistan, forced conversions of Sindhi Hindus, atrocities against Shia minorities and Christians in Pakistan, and demographic manipulation in Sindhi to change its indigenous people into minorities.At the end of the event, the WSC Team displayed the social media projects undertaken by WSC and invited participants to make use of these resources.