Human Rights Archive
Although historically relegated to the margins of U.S. foreign policy, the promotion of religious freedom internationally is now increasingly receiving attention from our policy makers and government institutions. Few American government bodies have promoted international religious freedom
Jogeshwar Roy, a 55 year-old Hindu priest, was preparing for prayers at the Deviganj temple one morning in February 2016. Without warning, six Islamic militants fired gunshots and launched grenades at the temple, while shouting “Allah ho
In 2012, Samir Narang and his family fled Afghanistan and sought refuge in Germany. Samir’s story is similar to many other Hindus that grew up in Afghanistan, isolated in a Hindu or Sikh temple, hiding from daily
Ravita, Harya, and Jeevti. What do these three girls have in common? They’re all young Hindu victims of an alarming trend of abductions, forced conversions, and forced marriages that have quietly been plaguing Pakistan’s minority communities for
This post was originally published on Medium.com. It seems now a quaint moment in recent history. When the United States Commission on International Freedom (USCIRF) was created in 1998 as a mandate of the International Religious Freedom
As the January 20 inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump nears, questions abound about his domestic and foreign policy priorities. Immigration reform, health care, and relations with Russia and China all figure to play prominently on his agenda,
The rhetoric during the election season has been difficult on many people. In particular, faith-based communities who have had their voices heard under the Obama administration may suddenly see their open doors to the government close. I worked as
Hindu minorities are subject to varying degrees of legal and institutional discrimination, restrictions on their religious freedom, social prejudice, violence, social persecution, and economic and political marginalization.
There is no doubt that there is economic poverty in India. But I am at a loss as to what Compassion International means by “spiritual poverty” in a deeply religious and tremendously diverse and pluralistic India.
Regardless of which candidate any one of us supports, as Hindu Americans we have a duty to do our part and cast our votes. As a community we owe it to ourselves to make our voices heard