HAF Highlights Hindu Human Rights in Letter to Kazakhstan Leaders

October 13, 2010
 
His Excellency, President Nursultan Nazarbayev
His Excellency, Prime Minister Karim Massimov
Honorable Members of the Parliament of Kazakhstan
 
The Hindu American Foundation (HAF), a non-governmental organization representing Hindus in America and Hindu minorities worldwide congratulates you for holding this current international interfaith meeting. This is important for building understanding among the various people of the world.
 
The purpose of this letter is to highlight the problems that the small Hindu minority in Kazakhstan has faced over the past several years. We hope you will review the information we have provided, support the Hindu minority with the recommendations listed below, and respond to us with what actions the Government of Kazakhstan has taken to address these problems outlined.
 
As documented in the attached pages from the Hindu American Foundation’s 2007 report “Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights 2006”, the small group of Hindus, mostly members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), has been harassed and intimidated by local Kazakh authorities, and their properties have been confiscated or destroyed. The report can be accessed online at http://www.hafsite.org/pdf/HHR2006.pdf and has been endorsed by interfaith leaders from around the world and by United States Congressmen and Senators.
 
We urge the Government of Kazakhstan to:
  • return confiscated land, homes and property to Hindus and their religious institutions, and compensate them for destroyed property
  • respect the human rights, religious rights and property rights of minority Hindus
  • provide the minority Hindus security and safety, and freedom from harassment by local authorities
 
Regards,
 
Dr. Mihir Meghani, M.D.
Co-Founder & Board Member
Hindu American Foundation
 
Ramesh Rao, Ph.D
Human Rights Coordinator
Hindu American Foundation
 
A pdf of the above letter can be downloaded here.