The Hindu American Foundation (HAF), the leading U.S. based Hindu human rights group, has released its 8th annual report on the discrimination against Hindus in countries across the world. The report entitled, Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights, 2011 was released in March 2012 at the foundation's Washington, D.C. area offices. Although the human rights survey was conducted in 2011, this may be referred to as the Hindu Human Rights Report 2012 based on the year of its publication since this is the only annual Hindu human rights report in the US that highlights the atrocities Hindus face as minority populations in various regions of the world.
Hindus across the Diaspora
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 disenfranchisement. In some countries, fundamentalists from other religions advance a discriminatory and non-inclusive agenda, and promote hatred of religious and ethnic minorities in league with politicians and other government officials.
The HAF Report of 2012
Hindu Human Rights Report 2012 documents human rights violations against Hindus in the following eight countries and regions around the world
It also summarizes the situation facing the small Hindu populations in Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. According to the Foundation, Hindu minorities continue to be subjected to violent attacks, restrictions on religious freedom, discriminatory laws, and economic and social marginalization in many of these nations.
The following pages include excerpts from the latest report by HAF.