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.

Domestic Policy | Foreign Policy | Contemporary Issues

Domestic Policy

Religious Liberty

Advocacy

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

Perspectives

Lord Hanuman and the Ten Commandments on State Grounds: What's a State to Do?
The Verdict is In: Yoga a.k.a. Asana is Cool in School

Resources

Religious Displays in Public Spaces are Unconstitutional
Prayer in Public Schools is Unconstitutional
Yoga In Public Schools Unconstitutional, But Yoga-based Programs Okay

Equal Protection and Due Process

Advocacy

Calling for Justice Department Investigation of NYPD For Muslim Surveillance
Welcoming Supreme Court’s Affirmation of National Marriage Equality
Opposing to Supreme Court Ruling Allowing Employers Religious Exemption to Deny Employees Access to Contraception
Supporting Legislation to Strengthen Workplace Protections for Religious Freedom and Ensure Equal Employment Opportunity for all Californians

Perspectives

On Faith: Must Separate Church From State...And Sex!

Resources

Hindu Teachings Inclusive of LGBT People

Hate Prevention

Advocacy

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

Perspectives

Five Years After Oak Creek Gurdwara Attack, Hate Crimes Still Plague America
Church Attack in Charleston Leaves Hindu Americans Heartbroken

Resources

Know Your Rights and Other Legal Community Resources
Hyperlink to Hinduphobia: Online Hatred, Extremism and Bigotry Against Hindus

Gun Safety Reform

Advocacy

Sharing Perspectives with Vice President as Nation Grapples with Reducing Gun Violence
Urging Congress to Pass Common Sense Gun Safety Reform

Perspectives

Congress Must Act for Welfare of Americans: Enact Common Sense Gun Legislation
HAF Mourns Loss of Three Student Lives at Chapel Hill

Resources

Gun Control, Balancing Ahimsa and Self-Defense

Immigration

Advocacy

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

Perspectives

Congress, Leave No H1Bs Behind
From the Hill: Religious Worker Visas — An Immigration Issue Both Sides Can Support

Resources

Immigration Reform Priorities, 2018

Bullying Prevention and Education Reform

Advocacy

Partnering With Beyond Differences for National Know Your Classmates Day
Coalition of Academics, Interfaith and Civil Rights Groups, and Elected Officials Celebrating Accuracy and Cultural Proficiency In California K-12 Textbooks
Partnering with White House and National Asian American Groups to Combat Bullying

Perspectives

Seeking Change in How Hinduism and Ancient India are Taught in California: A Glimpse into HAF’s Efforts

Resources

Classroom Subjected: Bullying and Bias Against Hindu Students in American Schools

Foreign Policy

Human Rights in South Asia

Advocacy

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

Perspectives

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

Resources

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

Human Rights in the Hindu Diaspora

Advocacy

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

Resources

Malaysia Policy Brief: 2011

Human Rights in India | US-India Relations

Advocacy

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
Supporting Indian Parliamentarian and Dalit Leaders Standing Against Caste-Based Discrimination
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

Perspectives

US Religious Freedom Commission Outsources Its Credibility with Attack on Hinduism and India

Resources

India: Democracy in Diversity
HAF Written Statement for the Record: “American Generosity in India: Government Obstacles”
Landmark Report: Hinduism Not Cast in Caste, Seeking an End to Caste-based Discrimination in India
History of the Kashmir Conflict: 2016 
Indian State of Jammu & Kashmir Policy Brief: 2011-2012
Victims of History: The Untold Story of Pakistani Hindu Refugees in India

International Religious Freedom

Advocacy

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

Perspectives

USCIRF: The “Mission for International Christian Freedom”

Resources

Predatory Proselytization and Pluralism
Recommendations on International Religious Freedom: 2012 

LGBT Rights Abroad

Advocacy

Welcoming Decriminalizing Same-Sex Intercourse, Indian Law Catches Up With Indian Culture
Urging Indian Supreme Court to Strike Down Outdated Section 377

Perspectives

Huffington Post: Uganda's Anti-Gay Law And America's Right Hand
Patheos: Casualties of the Culture War: Why Evangelical Zeal to Criminalize Homosexuality is Hurting Their Own Cause

Contemporary Issues

Hindu Solutions to Contemporary Issues

Advocacy

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

Perspectives

Patheos.com: Mother Bhumi - Hinduism and Creation

Resources

Yoga Beyond Asana: Hindu Thought in Practice
Hinduism and the Ethical Treatment of Animals