Human Rights: Countries: Afghanistan


The Hindu community, which was estimated at 200,000 in the 1970s, is now nearly extinct, with only 3,000 Hindus/Sikhs remaining after years of violence and persecution. Many of the Hindus that fled the country continued to endure problems as refugees. Afghanistan’s constitution and legal system institutionalize discrimination against non-Muslims and firmly establish Islam as the state religion. The constitution fails to adequately protect the religious freedom of minorities, who faced significant legal inequalities.