The UK Home Office has been rejecting Afghan Sikh refugees out of ignorance

Afghan Sikhs applying for asylum into the UK face major barriers including having to prove they are Sikh....

A few weeks ago, the UK Home Office rejected an Afghan Sikh family's application for asylum partly because they couldn't find any "assessment or tests" to confirm they were Sikh, even though the family had a letter of support from their local Gurdwara...
...Afghan Sikhs applying for asylum into the UK face major barriers including having to prove they are Sikh. It’s generally assumed they all speak Punjabi, know Sikh history and keep long hair, he told Barfi Culture
But many don’t speak Punjabi as their mother tongue and some do cut their hair often after facing threats and discrimination.
This "religious illiteracy" means many Sikhs genuinely fleeing persecution from extremists in Afghanistan are rejected by the UK Home Office even if they have a legitimate case...

...Dr Jasjit Singh, a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, has been repeatedly called in by lawyers representing Afghani Sikhs asylum seekers to help with their claims....

...He stresses that the UK government does the same with Christian and Muslim who are fleeing religious persecution so Sikhs are not being singled out. But ignorance about the faith and its adherents has made it harder for Sikhs.
So how could other British Sikhs help?
"Those supporting Afghani Sikhs need to show why they believe they are Sikhs. Also most Afghani Sikhs I've spoken to have had their education disrupted, so they should try and support them with this."
"Also," he added, "don’t discriminate (against Afghanis) based on language or background!"

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