Where We Stand
From issues of religious accommodation and religious discrimination to defending fundamental constitutional rights such as equal protection and due process domestically, and religious freedom and human rights globally, HAF has stood up for the rights of Hindus and other communities. Where We Stand offers a just a glimpse into our perspectives and advocacy record on a range of issues.
Bullying Prevention and Education Reform | Caste Discrimination | Environment | Gun Safety Reform | Hate Crimes | Immigration | India | International Religious Freedom | LGBT Rights | Religious Liberty | Women’s Rights
Coalition of Academics, Interfaith and Civil Rights Groups, and Elected Officials Celebrating Accuracy and Cultural Proficiency In California K-12 Textbooks
Partnering With Beyond Differences for National Know Your Classmates Day
Partnering with White House and National Asian American Groups to Combat Bullying
Caste-based discrimination is a serious social problem across every religious community in India and throughout South Asia. It is outlawed in India and other countries in South Asia. Caste-based discrimination is in direct violation of the most profound and fundamental Hindu teachings about Divinity being manifest equally in every being.
We acknowledge the efforts of countless Hindu spiritual leaders, community based organizations, and individuals who have worked and continue to work tirelessly towards eliminating these dehumanizing attitudes and behaviors, and empowering those who have been adversely impacted.
We condemn all forms of caste-based discrimination and support holistic, community based solutions which incorporate education, upliftment, and empowerment.
Hindu teachings repeatedly assert that all of manifest existence, all of the world around us, is Divine and deserving of our respect, worship, and protection. This outlook is a holistic, interconnected view of the relationship between humanity and all of nature. A broad application of the Hindu ethical principles espoused in the yamas (how one should interact with others and the world) and niyamas (how one should interact with oneself through spiritual disciplines and restraints) provides a strong dictate and basis for ecological conservation and protection of all species.
We supports policies which promote the ethical treatment of animals and ecological conservation.
Committing to Sustainable Living Commitment with Vegan Food Pledge
Opposing Rollback of US Climate, Clean Energy Policy
Supporting of Hindu Declaration on Climate Change
Hindu Environment Week Draws Thousands to Honor Matru Bhumi
Anti-Hindu hatred or Hinduphobia is the irrational fear of, hostility to, discrimination against, or hatred towards Hindus and Hinduism. Both have a tragically long history which continues to this day across the globe. Hindu Americans are not exempt from attacks based on their religion and culture.
We condemn hatred, violence, and discrimination against all communities. We request your help in tracking incidents of identity-based and bias-motivated intimidation, harassment, and violence in our communities by requesting you to fill out the Anti-Hindu Hate and Hinduphobia Incident Form, if you or someone you know has experienced or witnessed an incident.
Supporting Proposed Senate Legislation Protecting Religious Institutions
Meeting with Kansas Governor and Lt. Governor After Hate Killing of Srinvas Kuchibotla
Calling on FBI to Add Anti-Hindu Hate Crime Category
Calling for Justice after Deadly Attacks on Sikh Americans
Calling for Justice in California Mosque Attack
Demanding Shutting Down of Offensive, Anti-Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Christianity and Buddhism Groups on Facebook
Calling Out Harassment of Hindu Leader in Russia
Urging Peace and Justice for All Victims in Myanmar
Opposing Ruling in Malaysia Conversion Case and Demanding Intervention by Government
Calling Out Destruction of Hindu and Buddhist Artifacts in Maldives
Speaking Up for Human Rights to Kazakhstan Hindu Leaders
Fijian Ambassador’s Response to HAF’s Human Rights Report
The United States is a nation of immigrants. That is as true today as it has been throughout this nation’s history.
We support a fair and transparent immigration system, without country cap quotas, that ensures immigrant workers have a fair chance at securing a green card needed for career mobility or to establish a business in the United States, and that respects the value of family unification and provides a path to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants and immigrants with temporary status.
Supporting Congressional Letter to Urge Trump Admin to Let Immigrant Spouses Keep Working
Calling on US Congress for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Opposing Immigration Executive Order: Religion and Ethnic Bars are Unconstitutional
Supporting Bhutanese Refugee Resettlement Needs on Capitol Hill
Supporting Changes to US Religious Worker Visa Program
We advocate for Hindus here in America and around the world because we believe that where the well-being of Hindus is secure, the well-being of all people and the planet is secure. While the Hindu diaspora has reached every continent, India remains very special and significant. India is a sacred geography and spiritual homeland for Hindus, including those living in India, those of Indian origin and generations removed, and those who have come to discover and embrace Hindu traditions, teachings, and practices as a result of their own spiritual quest.
We support policies that strengthen India’s legacy of pluralism and religious freedom, as well as strong US-India relationship, for the promotion of democracy, security, and stability in the greater South Asia region.
Supporting Long Awaited Justice for 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots in Conviction of Sajjan Kumar
Highlighting Murder of Hindu Monks Exposing Other Side of ‘Cow Vigilantism'
Hosting India, Democracy in Diversity Briefing on Capitol Hill
Calling Out Attack on Hindu Pilgrims at Amarnath
US Religious Freedom Commission Continues Association with Terrorist Sympathizer
Calling for Justice for Kashmiri Pandits on Human Rights Day
Calling for Justice for Muslim Man Lynched in India
Opposing Anti-Hindu Resolution in the US Congress
Serving Pakistani Refugees in India with Medical Seva and Health Initiative
HAF Condemns Attack on Sacred Buddhist Shrine in India
Honoring Hindu and Sikh Terror Attack Victims at Afghanistan Embassy in DC
Calling for Justice After Murder of Another Secular Blogger in Bangladesh
Testifying Before Congress on Plight of Bangladeshi Religious Minorities
Interfaith Coalition Urging Congress to Address Escalating Violence Against Minorities in Bangladesh
Calling out Murder of Ahmadiyya Muslim Children in Pakistan
Calling Out Easter Bombing in Lahore
Interfaith Coalition Urging President Obama to Address Religious Persecution in Pakistan
Seeking Justice for Sri Lanka War Crimes Victims
US Religious Freedom Commission Outsources Its Credibility with Attack on Hinduism and India
The Hill: Obama’s Appeasement of Pakistan Unites Republicans and Democrats in Opposition
On the Verge of Extinction: Afghanistan’s Last Hindus and Sikhs
Bangladesh’s Battle to Reclaim its Secular Roots
Quietly Cleansing Pakistan’s Minorities, One Girl at a Time
India: Democracy in Diversity
HAF Written Statement for the Record: “American Generosity in India: Government Obstacles”
History of the Kashmir Conflict: 2016
Indian State of Jammu & Kashmir Policy Brief: 2011-2012
1984 Anti-Sikh Pogrom: The Need for Justice
Victims of History: The Untold Story of Pakistani Hindu Refugees in India
Human Rights Reports
Afghanistan Policy Brief: 2011-2012
Bangladesh Policy Brief: 2013-2014
Bangladesh: Jamaat-e-Islami, A Nexus of Terror
Teaching Hatred: A Glimpse into Pakistan Education System, 2012-2013
Pakistan Policy Brief: 2010-2011
A pluralistic freedom of thought and worship must be the foundation of any modern society and nation. Hindu teachings acknowledge and accept that there are multiple paths to, perspectives on, and ways to worship. In the famous passage from the Rig Veda, the tradition’s oldest sacred text, it states, (in paraphrase) “The Truth is one, the wise call It by many names.” Such religious or spiritual freedom must be based, however, on mutual respect.
Based on this fundamental Hindu teaching regarding religious freedom and pluralism, We support international religious freedom in terms of what the Universal Declaration of Human Rights includes as “the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance;” and as what it has failed to include, as the right to retain one's tradition and be free from religious intrusion, harassment, intimidation, and exploitative and predatory proselytization.
Participating in First US State Department Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom
Congratulating Yazidi Activist’s Nobel Peace Prize Award
Calling for Justice in Terrorist Attack on Westgate Mall in Kenya
The equal religio-spiritual potential of all individuals is key to understanding a Hindu basis for dignity for LGBT persons. Hindu teachings hold that every being is an eternal soul enveloped in form or a body. This soul is distinct from one's physical body and personality (ego), as well as outer attributes such as race, caste, gender, and sexual orientation. Every being may strive towards and attain moksha by transcending selfishness, and material desires and impulses, including sexual ones.
We hold that fundamental Hindu teachings may allow Hindus to more openly embrace LGBT rights and marriage equality, and that the government should not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or identity.
Welcoming Decriminalizing Same-Sex Intercourse, Indian Law Catches Up With Indian Culture
Urging Indian Supreme Court to Strike Down Outdated Section 377
Welcoming Supreme Court’s Affirmation of National Marriage Equality
Religious liberty is guaranteed by the US Constitution and provides a two-fold promise: the right to religious belief and expression, and the guarantee that the state will not prefer religion over non-religion nor favor particular religions above others. Nonetheless, under the guise of religious liberty, some have sought to use the state apparatus to curry favor or privilege their religion over others. This erodes the foundation of freedom and democracy.
We hold that religion and state are healthiest at a distance, acknowledging one another’s positive roles in society and in the daily lives of people, but independent of one another. As such, HAF supports the separation of church and state at all levels, and the right of every individual and community to religious belief and expression.
Supporting Legislation Safeguarding Civil Rights Act Protections from Religious Exemptions
Opposing Texas Senate Effort to Carve Out Religious Exemption to Deny Services to LGBT
Opposing State Sponsored Christian Licence Plate in South Carolina
Supporting Wiccan Priestess’ Right to Lead Legislative Prayer
Hindus understand the Divine to be both masculine and feminine, as well as neither. Divine energy is worshiped as the Goddess(es) and is seen to be complementary and not in competition with divine masculine powers which manifest as God(s). That there has been and remains a disconnect between teachings of equality and respect for women and Goddess worship, and examples of discriminatory treatment of women in societies across the globe is unfortunate and must be countered.
We believe that we have a responsibility to ensure the dignity and equality of all women and men, and support culturally grounded means for freedom, empowerment, and opportunity regardless of background.