Anti-India “Atrocity Literature” in the making in US – and a protest

Violence Against Religious Minorities in India 

Co-Sponsored by Rep. Patrick Meehan

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

CVC North Meeting Room Number 268

Please join Rep. Patrick Meehan, co-chair of the American Sikh Caucus, and Reps. Joseph Pitts and Jim McGovern, co-chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, for an important briefing on violence against Muslims, Christians and other religious minorities in India.

India’s constitution guarantees that “all persons are equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right freely to profess, practice and propagate religion.” However, attacks against Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and Dalits have increased in recent years. A 2015 report by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom asked the Obama Administration to press the Indian government to publicly rebuke officials and religious leaders who endorse these hateful acts. In February, President Obama described religious targeting and attacks in India in recent years as “acts of intolerance that would have shocked Gandhi, the person who helped to liberate that nation.”

This briefing will outline the important legal, social and cultural issues related to the persecution of minorities in India. The panelists will also make recommendations as to how the United States can play a role to safeguard religious minorities in India and around the world.

Panelists:

·         Rev. Dr. Joshva Raja, Research Supervisor, University of Amsterdam

·         Dr. Iqtidar Karamat Cheema, Director, Institute for Leadership and Community Development, UK

·         Professor Gurdarshan Sing Dhillon, Professor of History (retired), Punjab University, India

·         Sahar Chaudhry, Senior Policy Analyst, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom

·         John Sifton, Asia Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch 

The briefing is open to Members, staff and the public. If you have any questions please contact Jim Gray (for Rep. Meehan) at 202-225-2011, Carson Middleton (for Rep. Pitts) at 202-225-2411 or Soo Choi (for Rep. McGovern) at 202-225-3599.

Joseph R. Pitts                                     Patrick Meehan                                                James P. McGovern

Co-Chair, TLHRC                    Co-Chair, American Sikh Caucus                    Co-Chair, TLHRC

And a Protest

Reference:  Violence Against Religious Minorities in India

Hon. Mr. Lantos:

I urge you not to be swayed by propaganda that comes disguised as “right to religious freedom.”  Organized religions even today are funding and arming of militants while instigating violence in the name of faith. 

Modern secular India like any other secular and multiracial country is not perfect.  Ethnic tensions and riots occur occasionally, just as they occur here at home. Instead of giving into lobbying by organized religion and special interest groups, we should extend support to promote ethnic and religious harmony, advance modern education, and above all, not instigate hatred and fan discord.

I urge you not to be swayed by subversive, separatist, political propaganda that comes disguised as “right to religious freedom” that may have a hidden agenda.

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