Support for Sakira Singh

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2008 National Black Members' Conference
20 December 2007

UNISON’s delegation to the National Assembly Against Racism AGM held in November 2007 heard a speech from Sakira Singh.

Sakira Singh, a 14 year old school girl from South Wales has been repeatedly excluded from school because of wearing an article of faith – the Kara – that represents her belief.

Prior to her exclusion, Sakira was put into isolation and taught separately from other students because she refused to remove her Kara.

Whilst in isolation she was not allowed to talk to any of her friends, visit the bathroom without a teacher or to participate in school activities.

Following her exclusion from 5 November 2007, the family with the help of the Sikh Federation and Liberty is being forced to seek judicial review. The school is demanding that she removes the Kara and has failed to engage in discussion despite attempts to resolve the issue.

Conference calls upon the National Black Members Committee (NBMC) to:

1)Liaise with the National Executive Council (NEC) to initiate a campaign;

2)Raise awareness throughout the union and to lobby the Labour Link in order to try and resolve the issue.