Sikh Human Rights Group ECOSOC Consultative status with UN since 2015

36TH HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL , GENEVA 11 – 29 SEP 2017 AGENDA 9

Human Rights Council 36th Agenda 9

Diversity

DIVERSITY

Sikh Human Rights Group has been engaged in promotion and defence of diversity since its inception. This is based on one of the core philosophies of Sikhi that creation is both diverse physically and culturally but also co-dependent. Life comes in many forms. Life engages in many forms. It is therefore important that Human Beings respect life in its rich and varied diversity. People and communities have different belief systems, different philosophical systems and different physical attributes. As long as these have some basic respect for the dignity of others, human society should strive to create space and engagement as well as dignity for the various diversities.

SHRG laid its approach to diversity at the World Conference Against Racism in 2001 at Durban. It has been pursuing this since then through conferences, activism and academic papers. Some of the work is attached here with.

There are different strands of work within the Diversity pillar. These include Cultural Diversity, The issue of diversity itself as a philosophy. Gender issues. Institutions and Diversity and SHRG also specialises in issues of diversity concerning Sikhs.

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