U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Please join the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for a virtual event discussing religious communities at extreme risk of persecution in Afghanistan since the Taliban seized control on August 15, 2021.
The Taliban’s imposition of its harsh and strict interpretation of Sunni Islam poses a grave threat to all Afghans of differing interpretations and other faiths or beliefs. Since taking control of the country in August, the Taliban has intimidated, threatened, and targeted leaders from religious minority communities. The already small Afghan Hindu and Sikh communities are nearly extinct, and the last Jew in Afghanistan fled the country in September. Hazara Shi’a Muslims, Christians, Ahmadis, and Baha’is face dire consequences at the hands of the Taliban and ISIS-K.
This discussion will also explore ways the U.S. government and international community can protect and assist at-risk Afghans in the wake of the Taliban’s takeover.
USCIRF Chair Nadine Maenza and Commissioner Frederick A. Davie will be joined by guest panelists Palwasha Kakar of the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) and Krish O’Mara Vignarajah of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. USCIRF Director of Outreach and Policy Dwight Bashir will moderate the conversation followed by questions and answers from attendees.