NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief

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Recent Religious Freedom Developments in India – May 29, 2020

Topic: Recent Religious Freedom Developments in India  

Date: Friday, May 29, 2020

Time: 9:00am – 10:30am, EDT

Background: Religious minorities have long faced persecution in India. The past six months have brought several additional and unprecedented challenges for minority groups, including the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which has been widely perceived as an “anti-Muslim” law. The COVID-19 pandemic has also led to increased persecution for several minority groups across the country. In April 2020, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) included India on its list of Countries of Particular Concern (CPCs), indicating that religious groups face systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom. This recent designation suggests the situation in India in worsening, as India has not been included on USCIRF’s CPC list since 2004.

Our expert panelists will discuss these and other recent developments and the ways in which they are affecting the current religious freedom landscape in India. The panelists’ presentations will be followed by a time of Q+A for attendees.

Panelists:

·       Rasheed Ahmed, Executive Director, Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC)

·       Ajit Sahi, Advocacy Director, Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC)

·       Michael Williams, President, United Christian Forum (UCF)

·       Dr. Waris Husain, Adjunct Professor, Howard University School of Law and former South Asia Policy Analyst at USCIRF  

Please RSVP to info@unforb.org by Wednesday, May 27. Please note that a Zoom invitation will be sent out to attendees who have RSVP’d approximately an hour prior to the start of the meeting.

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