Norwegian Sikhs ask Solberg for exemptions from passport requirements

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Several leading Norwegian Sikhs have sent a letter to Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H), requesting exceptions from the passport requirement to show the ears.

For Solberg’s trip to India, among others, City Representative Prableen Kaur (Ap) in Oslo has written a letter requesting exemption from the passport regulations’ requirements for turban-bearing Sikhs.

  • The Sikhs in Norway are proud and happy that you are going to India, and that your government has drawn up its own strategy for the cooperation between India and Norway, the letter states.
  • It is still a challenge we have to address with you, and it is that Norwegian Sikhs wearing a turban are denied a passport. The requirement to show the ears on passport photos was introduced through the passport regulations in 2014, without it being sent for consultation, writes the Norwegian Sikhs.

The turban is a traditional headgear for Sikhs. The garment is mandatory for male Sikhs, but is optional for women.

  • Most of all, we want this matter to be resolved through conversation and dialogue – not through the legal system – and hope you can look at this case, it says in the letter.

While the government negotiations are in progress, Solberg goes to India to meet the head of government in the world’s largest democracy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It will be the first official Norwegian Prime Minister’s visit to India since 2001.

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2 Comments on "Norwegian Sikhs ask Solberg for exemptions from passport requirements"

  1. Joakim Haugen | 7. January 2019 at 12:17 | Reply

    This is a terrible idea for many reasons,
    first off you can not give exemptions to the law for certain groups.
    The law must be equal for all or there is no point having laws in the first place.
    Second by giving certain groups, special treatment like this you only end up making said group hated by the rest of society.
    In Canada Sikh’s now have exemption to use helmets when driving motorcycles, that is not a good thing and the majority of Canadians are now disliking Sikh’s due to this

  2. Can’t believe the previous post. “The majority of Canadians” do NOT hate Sikhs because of the motorcycle helmet!! The majority of Canadians couldn’t give two hoots. Likewaise in the UK, where the exemption has existed for decades, nobody cares. You would have to be a very small minded person to get upset that a minority group, within a minority group (motorcyclists), is awarded such an exemption.

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