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The Plight of Religious Minorities in India

Hearing Friday, April 04, 2014 10:30 AM Rayburn 2322

This hearing will take place at 10:30 AM on 4/4/2014, in Rayburn 2322.
The hearing is open to members of Congress, congressional staff, the media and the interested public.

Friday, April 04, 2014
10:30 AM
Rayburn 2322
Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on the rights and freedoms of religious minorities in India.

In the months leading up to India’s 2014 national elections, there has been a rise in acts of violence targeting religious minorities and an increase in discriminatory rhetoric that has polarized national politics along religious and class lines. Underlying problems have been exacerbated by the implementation of ‘Freedom of Religion Acts’ across five Indian states, which have led to higher reported incidents of intimidation, discrimination, harassment, and violence against minorities. Severe outbreaks of communal violence against religious minorities, including the 2002 Gujarat riots targeting Muslims, the 2007 mob attacks against Christians in Odisha, and the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 have socially and economically marginalized large pockets of religious minority communities. As the 2014 Indian elections draw closer, it is important to examine the implications of this polarization in the context of the US-India relationship.

The hearing will focus on the human rights situation for religious minorities in India. In addition, the witnesses will provide recommendations for U.S. foreign policy in relation to India.
• Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, Vice Chair, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
• John Sifton, Asia Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch
• Robin Phillips, Executive Director, The Advocates for Human Rights
• John Dayal, Member, National Integration Council, Government of India

*The list of witnesses subject to change
The hearing will be streaming live at

For any questions, please contact the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at 202-225-3599 or, or Carson Middleton (Rep. Pitts) at 202-225-2411.

James P. McGovern and Frank R. Wolf
Co-Chairs, TLHRC

Joseph R. Pitts
Executive Committee Member, TLHRC


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Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
House Committee on Foreign Affairs
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