Violence Against Religious Minorities in India
Please join Rep. Patrick Meehan, co-chair of the American Sikh Caucus, and Reps. Joseph Pitts and Jim McGovern, co-chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, for an important briefing on violence against Muslims, Christians and other religious minorities in India.
India’s constitution guarantees that “all persons are equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right freely to profess, practice and propagate religion.” However, attacks against Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and Dalits have increased in recent years. A 2015 report by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom asked the Obama Administration to press the Indian government to publicly rebuke officials and religious leaders who endorse these hateful acts. In February, President Obama described religious targeting and attacks in India in recent years as “acts of intolerance that would have shocked Gandhi, the person who helped to liberate that nation.”
This briefing will outline the important legal, social and cultural issues related to the persecution of minorities in India. The panelists will also make recommendations as to how the United States can play a role to safeguard religious minorities in India and around the world.
The briefing is open to Members, staff and the public. If you have any questions please contact Jim Gray (for Rep. Meehan) at 202-225-2011, Carson Middleton (for Rep. Pitts) at 202-225-2411 or Soo Choi (for Rep. McGovern) at 202-225-3599.
Rev. Dr. Joshva Raja, Research Supervisor, University of Amsterdam
Dr. Iqtidar Karamat Cheema, Director, Institute for Leadership and Community Development, UK
Professor Gurdarshan Sing Dhillon, Professor of History (retired), Punjab University, India
Sahar Chaudhry, Senior Policy Analyst, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
John Sifton, Asia Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch