Endorsements of the Hindu American Foundation's 2007 Hindu Human Rights Report

Below are endorsements from HAF's report, Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights 2007

All of us share common values: a respect for other people, their cultures and the beliefs that they hold.  But as this report demonstrates, there are still too many instances where that respect is violated and people’s rights are horribly abused.  The Hindu American Foundation has done a great service by bringing these human rights abuses to light.  Working together, I believe we can deliver the basic freedoms every person is due.

Senator Frank R. Lautenberg(D-NJ)

As co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Indian and Indian Americans, I am troubled by the continued human rights abuses perpetrated upon Hindus.  However, I am confident that with the hard work of organizations like the Hindu American Foundation and their annual report, we can educate not only ourselves but the world and bring an end to such unconscionable mistreatment.

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)

Creating public awareness is the first step in solving a problem.  By publicizing the kidnapping of Hindus in Pakistan, the unlawful seizure of Hindus’ land in Bangladesh, and similar injustices around the world, the Hindu American Foundation’s 2007 human rights report is contributing toward the solution of a very serious problem.  I commend the HAF for their report and their continued work in preserving human rights.

Rep. Pete Starke (D-CA)

I commend the Hindu American Foundation on its report, "Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights 2007."  This report importantly documents the plight of persecuted Hindus throughout South Asia.  As the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, I have seen how the growth of radical Islam impacts the well-being of the Hindu population.  Reports like this are important in documenting these human rights abuses.

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA)

The Hindu Human Rights report is an extremely important document globally. The large number of Hindus around the world mandates that the United Nations and the democratic world take up this issue forcibly and decisively. The world must pay attention to the issue of Hindu religious freedom and rights, as they emerge as one of the most powerful forces in this world today.

Ali Al Ahmed, Director, Institute for Gulf Affairs

As the world increasingly becomes a global village, it is important to monitor, acknowledge and work towards promoting freedom of speech and conscience for all. Even though the Hindus are one of the oldest and largest Religions of the World, the rights of Hindus in many countries have been systematically violated. It is essential that all of us work towards bringing attention to these incidents, ensuring that these rights are protected and we work towards promoting greater dialogue and harmony. It is incumbent upon each of us to work to ensure a world free from religious hatred and violence, for not only ourselves, but for the betterment of our future generations.

Bawa Jain, Secretary General, World Council of Religious Leaders

In issuing its 4th Annual Hindu Human Rights Report, the Hindu American Foundation has again done a service for the community it represents – and for all of us who care about human rights.  The portrait painted by the Report of continuing human rights violations directed at Hindus is an important resource in the battle for religious liberty and against religious persecution. 

Richard T. Foltin,
Legislative Director and Counsel,
Office of Government and International Affairs,
American Jewish Committee

The Hindu American Foundation is leading the fight for international policies that promote tolerance and understanding of Hindu beliefs and bring an end to religious persecution. This year’s 'Survey of Human Rights on the Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora' should be required reading for any person interested in human freedom. Bringing to light the abuses and violence against Hindus is vital to ending these violations of human decency. The Foundation should be commended for its work and this important report.

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)