...On Religious Freedom in India

USCIRF Vice Chair Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett testified on Friday, April 4 before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission during a hearing entitled, "The Plight of Religious Minorities in India."

From the testimony: “India and the United States have a long and proud partnership.  We share uncommon commonalities given our robust commitment to democracy and multiethnic, multi-religious societies.  India also is an important ally that holds key strategic economic, political and regional value to the United States, since it is the second most populous country in the world, situated between the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region, and a neighbor to a troubled Pakistan...  Despite positive attributes as a democracy with a deeply diverse religious demographic and a robust civil society, India has serious religious freedom issues.”

Click here to find out more information about the hearing.

Click here to view the full testimony of Vice Chair Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett 

Click here to read USCIRF’s 2013 Annual Report chapter on India.  The 2014 Annual Report will be issued by May 1, 2014.