The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) recently released their 9th annual human rights report, entitled Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights 2012, aimed at giving voice to Hindu minorities that have "suffered indignity and injustice in silence" in many countries around the world.
The report provides detailed accounts of human rights violations and discriminatory laws in nine countries and one state in India where Hindus constitute a minority. Hindus in South Asia, and many of the twenty million Hindus living outside of India, are subject to discrimination, terror, murder, sexual violence, forced conversions, ethnic cleansing, temple destruction, socio-political ostracization, and economic and political marginalization.
HAF's latest report marked a departure from previous years' reports and featured a new format, categorizing countries based on the extent of their human rights violations, while including expanded coverage of Hindu refugee populations from Bhutan and Pakistan.
It 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. Read Full Article