Hearings & Briefings

**REVISED** Challenges Facing Religious Minorities in South Asia

Hearing Wednesday, March 21, 2012 10:00 AM Cannon 340

This hearing will take place at 10:00 AM on 3/21/2012, in Cannon 340.
The hearing is open to members of Congress, congressional staff, the media and the interested public.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
10:00 AM
Cannon 340
Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on the continuing plight of religious minorities in South Asia, focusing particularly on Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

South Asia is the birthplace of four world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism. It is also home to 30 million Christians and over 500 million Muslims -- about one-third of the world’s entire Muslim population. Although many of the countries in the region have democratic systems of government with constitutions that provide varying degrees of protections for religious minorities, many of these systems are fragile and, in practice, religious freedoms are often constrained, in some cases by the states themselves. As a result, sectarian and religiously-motivated violence is chronic and the governments have been unable or, in some cases, unwilling to protect religious minorities.
The following witnesses will participate*:

Panel I:
• Leonard Leo, Chair, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Panel II:
• Majed El Shafie, Founder, One Free World International
• Amjad M. Khan, National Director of Public Affairs, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA
Panel III:
• Dr. Sachi G. Dastider, Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Politics Economics and Law, State University of New York at Old Westbury
• Dr. Angana Chatterji, India Human Rights Specialist
• Dr. Najid Hussain, President, Ahsan Jafri Foundation

*witness list is subject to change

If you have any questions, please contact the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at 202-225-3599 or tlhrc@mail.house.gov

Frank Wolf
Member of Congress
TLHRC Co-Chair

James McGovern
Member of Congress
TLHRC Co-Chair


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