Human Rights Reports

  • Hindus in South Asia & The Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights, 2013

    HAF's tenth annual Hindu Human Rights Report examines the challenges facing Hindus and other similarly situated minorities in 10 countries/regions around the world within the context of domestic legal frameworks and international human rights law. It further highlights the Foundation’s on the ground fact-finding missions and direct relief projects with refugee populations. The report is organized based on the severity of a country/region’s human rights record, with the most severe labeled as Egregious Violators, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Pakistan. The next level of countries/regions are designated as Countries of Serious Concern, and comprise Bhutan, the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir, and Sri Lanka, and the final category of Monitored Countries includes Fiji, Saudi Arabia, and Trinidad and Tobago.
 
Released May 22, 2014:  Download the pdf here or view it online
Executive Summary: Download the pdf here
  • Victims of History: The Untold Story of Pakistani Hindu Refugees in India

    The small Hindu minority in Pakistan has encountered systematic violence and restrictions on religious freedom in recent years, leading more than 100,000 Hindus to seek refuge in India. This report examines the human rights, legal, socioeconomic, and medical condition facing the Pakistani Hindu population living in Jodhpur, India and provides recommendations for their rehabilitation.  The report’s findings represent data collected by HAF over a six day period and are based on first-hand observations.
 
 
 
 
Released March 31, 2014: Download the PDF here
  • Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights, 2012

    HAF's ninth annual Hindu Human Rights Report has been reorganized to divide countries covered into three categories: Egregious Violators, Countries of Serious Concern, and Monitored Countries. Egregious Violators include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Pakistan.  In the category of Countries of Serious Concern are Bhutan, the Indian State of Jammu & Kashmir, and Sri Lanka.  And finally, the three nations of Fiji, Saudi Arabia, and Trinidad & Tobago compose the Monitored Countries
 
 
 
 
 
Released June 6, 2013: Download the PDF here or view it online
Executive Summary: Download the PDF here
  • Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights, 2011

    The eighth annual Hindu Human Rights Report from HAF covers violations against Hindus seven countries - Bangladesh, Bhutan, Fiji, Malaysia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago - and  the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir.  Once again, it includes a Hotspots of Trouble section with coverage of both Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. The report provides detailed accounts of human rights violations are in the areas of violence against women, murder, ethnic cleansing, temple destruction, socio-political ostracization, disenfranchisement, discrimination, and forced conversions.
 
 
 
 
Released March 15, 2012:  Download the PDF here or view it online
  • Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights, 2010

    The Foundation's seventh annual Hindu Human Rights Report details violations against Hindus in areas where they are minority - namely in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Fiji, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Trinidad and Tobago, in addition to Pakistan and the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir.  It also includes a Hotspots of Trouble section which includes coverage on Afghanistan, Australia and Saudi Arabia. The report provides detailed accounts of human rights violations are in the areas of violence against women, murder, ethnic cleansing, temple destruction, socio-political ostracization, disenfranchisement, discrimination, and forced conversions.
 
 
 
Released May 25, 2011:  Download a PDF version here or view it online
  • Hinduism: Not Cast in Caste - Seeking an End to Caste-based Discrimination

    Caste-based discrimination is a serious issue in the Indian sub-continent. Over 160 million people fall under the category of Scheduled Castes (SCs), the erstwhile untouchables, and still suffer from terrible discrimination.  And, while untouchability has been outlawed, abuse and discrimination of SCs persist, particularly in rural areas of India. Caste-based discrimination and a birth-based hierarchy are not intrinsic features of Hinduism, and they represent a failure to uphold the highest ideals proffered by Hinduism’s essential, spiritual teachings, namely that each and every living being is, by his or her nature, divine. Prominent Hindu religious and spiritual leaders have joined the Hindu American Foundation by issuing statements against caste-based discrimination and a birth-based hierarchy. The elimination of caste-based discrimination must be a top priority for all segments of Indian society.
 
Updated released July 21, 2011:  View it online
Purchase the Report: Click here to purchase the report for download.  All proceeds will fund HAF's Shri Narayan Guru Award, recognizing individuals or organizations working for social upliftment and human rights advocacy work for the Scheduled Castes.
  • Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights, 2009

    The Foundation's sixth annual Hindu Human Rights Report details violations against Hindus in areas where they are minority - namely in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Fiji, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Trinidad and Tobago, in addition to Pakistan and the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir.  It also includes a Hotspots of Trouble section which includes coverage on Afghanistan, Australia and Saudi Arabia. The report provides detailed accounts of human rights violations are in the areas of violence against women, murder, ethnic cleansing, temple destruction, socio-political ostracization, disenfranchisement, discrimination and forced conversions.
  
 
 
Released March 25, 2010: Download a PDF version here or view it online
Executive Summary: Online or Download the pdf
 
  • Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights, 2008

    Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights 2008

    The Foundation's 2008 Hindu Human Rights Report details violations against Hindus in areas where they are minority - namely in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Fiji, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and Trinidad and Tobago, in addition to Pakistan and the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. The report provides detailed accounts of human rights violations are in the areas of violence against women, murder, ethnic cleansing, temple destruction, socio-political ostracization, disenfranchisement, discrimination and forced conversions.

    Press Release: Freedom and Human Rights Denied to Many Hindus Worldwide
    Press Release: Endorsements of HAF's Fifth Annual Human Rights Report
    Executive Summary: in PDF format
  • Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights, 2007

    Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights 2007

    The Hindu American Foundation's fourth annual Hindu human rights report details violations against Hindus in areas where they are minority. It extends the scope of earlier reports by covering the nations of Bhutan, Fiji, Malaysia, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and Trinidad and Tobago, in addition to Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. The human rights violations are in the areas of violence against women, murder, ethnic cleansing, temple destruction, socio-political ostracization, disenfranchisement, discrimination and forced conversions. In addition to this report, the new Government Supplement details nearly $1 billion of appropriations from the United States to each of the covered countries and the State Department requests for aid.

    Government Supplement - Fill out an inquiry here for PDF or Purchase 
    Press Release: Hindus Suffer Religious Persecution in Several Countries--Says Human Rights Report
    Press Release: Endorsements of HAF's Fourth Annual Human Rights Report
    Executive Summary: in PDF format
  • Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights, 2006

    Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights 2006

    The Hindu American Foundation's third annual Hindu human rights report details violations against Hindus in areas where they are minority. It extends the scope of earlier reports by covering the nations of Bhutan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and Trinidad and Tobago, in addition to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. The human rights violations are in the areas of violence against women, murder, ethnic cleansing, temple destruction, socio-political ostracization, disenfranchisement, discrimination and forced conversions. As with previous reports, it has been instrumental in advancing knowledge and activism with other interfaith and human rights organizations, as well as elected officials and government agencies.

    Released July 11, 2007:  Download a PDF version here or Purchase a bound copy here 
     
    Press Release: Human Rights Group Censures 11 Countries for Abuses Against Hindus
    Press Release: Endorsements of HAF's Third Annual Human Rights Report
  • Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights, 2005

    Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights 2005

    HAF’s second annual report on human rights abuses against Hindus in 2005 covers Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Fiji, Pakistan and the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The 105 page report individually documents over 500 incidents of murder, arson, rape, desecration of temples, usurpation of property and other forms of violence against Hindus in Bangladesh. According to the report, Pakistan witnessed a spate of Hindu temple destructions, kidnappings and forced conversions of Hindu girls. Outside of South Asia, the report notes that despite comprising 38% of the island nation’s population, Hindus and their religious institutions are routinely attacked in Fiji. The report highlights the persecution of Afghanistan's Hindu minority and the involuntary deportation of the exiled Hindu refugees from foreign nations. The report also addresses the continued ethnic cleansing of Hindus in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir as a result of Islamic militancy.


    Press Release: Hindu Human Rights Gets Attention of Lawmakers 
    Press Release: Second Annual Report on Hindu Human Rights Released on Capitol Hill
    Press Release: Endorsements of HAF's Second Annual Human Rights Report
    Executive Summary: in PDF format, or Online
  • Hindus in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Kashmir: A Survey of Human Rights, 2004

    Hindus in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Kashmir: A Survey of Human Rights 2004

    A 71 page report that compiles media coverage and first-hand accounts of human rights violations perpetrated against Hindus because of their religious identity in Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The report specifically denounces Bangladesh for a long-history of anti-Hindu atrocities that have recently spiked following the ascent of the Bangladeshi National Party-Jamat-e-Islami coalition. The report also dicusses the consequence of Pakistan and Al-Qaeda sponsored Islamist violence in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir that has left tens of thousands of Hindus and Muslims dead, and 350,000 Hindu victims of religious cleansing. Similarly, the Pakistan government is condemned for systematic state-sponsored religious discrimination against Hindus through elaborate “anti-blasphemy” laws, and for failing to investigate numerous reports of millions of Hindus being held as “bonded laborers” in slavery-like conditions.

    Released July 13, 2005:  Download a PDF version here


    Presentation - Executive Summary Slides
    Press Release: HAF Releases First-Ever Annual Survey of Hindu Human Rights