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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Challenges Facing Religious Minorities in South Asia

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 10:00am
Cannon 340


Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on the continuing plight of religious minorities in South Asia, focusing particularly on Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

South Asia is the birthplace of four world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism. It is also home to 30 million Christians and over 500 million Muslims -- about one-third of the world’s entire Muslim population. Although many of the countries in the region have democratic systems of government with constitutions that provide varying degrees of protections for religious minorities, many of these systems are fragile and, in practice, religious freedoms are often constrained, in some cases by the states themselves. As a result, sectarian and religiously-motivated violence is chronic and the governments have been unable or, in some cases, unwilling to protect religious minorities. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at 202-225-3599 or

Hosted by:

Frank R. Wolf, Member of Congress and TLHRC Co-Chair
James P. McGovern, Member of Congress and TLHRC Co-Chair


Panel I

  • Leonard Leo, Chair, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

Panel II

  • Majed El Shafie, Founder, One Free World International
  • Amjad M. Khan, National Director of Public Affairs, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA

Panel III

  • Dr. Sachi G. Dastider, Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Politics Economics and Law, State University of New York at Old Westbury
  • Dr. Angana Chatterji, India Human Rights Specialist
  • Dr. Najid Hussain, President, Ahsan Jafri Foundation





112th Congress