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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

Date: 
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 10:00am
Location: 
340 Cannon House Office Building

Announcement

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 tlhrc@mail.house.gov

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC
Frank R. Wolf, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC

Witnesses

Panel I

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

Panel II

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

Panel III

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

Transcript

Video

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