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From: Mihir Meghani, M.D. [HAF] <email@example.com >
Date: Jul 16, 2005 11:43 AM
Subject: HINDU AMERICAN FOUNDATION Releases First-Ever Survey of Hindu Human Rights
To: Mihir Meghani <firstname.lastname@example.org >
I am pleased to present the 1st ever report on the status of Hindus in regions of South Asia where they are minorities (Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India's state of Jammu and Kashmir). This report can be accessed on the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) website at http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/HHR2004.pdf
This report is an objective compilation from reports by credible human rights groups of the genocide, ethnic cleansing, terrorism, and Islamist laws that Hindus have faced in parts of South Asia where they are minorities. This report will be a yearly project of HAF and will expand to include other regions of the world.
As Hindu Americans gain prominence in leadership positions in all aspects of American society, and as India, the spiritual motherland for 1 billion Hindus worldwide, advances economically and in strategic importance to America, it will be more and more important for policy makers to consider the issues and aspirations of Hindus. I am sure you are also aware of the fact that Hindu Americans are the wealthiest and most educated community in the United States ( http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/Content/HinduismInfo/Hintro_rising_numbers.html).
Below is the press release and executive summary surrounding the release of our report, graced by the Congressional India Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Ros-Lehtinen and Ackerman.
HAF provides a voice for the 2 million strong Hindu American community. HAF interacts with and educates government, media, think tanks, academia and public fora about Hinduism and issues of concern to Hindus locally and globally. Promoting the Hindu and American ideals of understanding, tolerance and pluralism, HAF stands strong against hate, discrimination, defamation and terror. HAF is not affiliated with any religious or political organizations or entities and seeks to serve Hindu Americans across all religious traditions.
I look forward to working with you more closely. Please ensure that this material is reviewed by all influential people and covered well in your media pieces.
Mihir Meghani, M.D.
President, Hindu American Foundation
DATE: July 13, 2005
Rep. Ackerman stressed the fundamental nature of religious freedom and supported the concept of the annual report produced by HAF. "The Hindu American Foundation has done some important work in this regard by compiling their 2004 Survey of Human Rights by helping to defend the rights of Hindus around the world to practice their religion without intimidation and by shining a light on those who would take away their religious freedoms," said Rep. Ackerman in a statement distributed on July 12, 2005.
The human rights of Hindu citizens are consistently violated in three regions where Hindus constitute a minority: Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Jammu & Kashmir.
The entire HAF Hindu human rights report is available at http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/HHR2004.pdf
HAF is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization not aligned or affiliated with any political entity, party or organization.