CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING: India Persecutes Religious Minorities: USCIRF 2023 Report
This briefing is being called following the release last week of the Annual Report 2023 by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an autonomous federal panel that is mandated by US Congress to track global religious persecution.
The USCIRF Annual Report 2023 has recommended, for the fourth straight year, that the US Department of State designate India as a Country of Particular Concern (CPC). The USCIRF report highlights the religiously discriminatory practices of the Indian government on the federal, local, and state levels throughout 2022. These policies attack the right of women to wear hijabs, interfaith marriages, religious conversion, and the very lives and citizenship of religious minorities.
WHAT: INDIA PERSECUTES RELIGIOUS MINORITIES: USCIRF 2023 REPORT
WHEN: Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at 12 pm (EST)
WHERE: Room# 2043, Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20515
This briefing brings together subject matter experts from India and the US. They are:
Dr. Sandeep Pandey, Magsaysay Award winner
Nadine Maenza, Former USCIRF Chair
Pastor Bryan Nerren, jailed for being Christian
Safa Ahmed, Indian American Muslim Council
Jyot Singh, Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Ria Chakrabarty, Hindus for Human Rights
This briefing is co-organized by: Genocide Watch, World Without Genocide, Indian American Muslim Council, Hindus for Human Rights, Jubilee Campaign, 21Wilberforce, Dalit Solidarity Forum, New York State Council of Churches, Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations of North America, India Civil Watch International, Center for Pluralism, International Commission for Dalit Rights, American Muslim Institution, International Society for Peace and Justice, and Association of Indian Muslims of America.