Sikhs who face religious persecution in Pakistan.  |  Photo Credit: IANS
- Congressman Jackie Speier had introduced a House Resolution condemning the targeted terrorist attacks against Sikh, Hindu, and other religious minority communities in war-torn Afghanistan
- The House of Representatives issued H. Res. 1085 and expressed concern for the safety of these minority communities
- The House also extended their voice towards the resettlement of Sikhs and Hindus from Afghanistan in the United States
Washington: The resolution brought about by the US Congress earlier this week condemning religious persecution and atrocities meted out to minority communities has been welcomed wholeheartedly by Sikhs in America and have thanked members of the Congress for their effort to save Hindus and Sikhs in Afghanistan.
Congressman Jackie Speier had introduced a House Resolution condemning the targeted terrorist attacks against Sikh, Hindu, and other religious minority communities in war-torn Afghanistan.
The resolution supported refugee protection for Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan by recognising the systematic discrimination, religious persecution and existential danger members of these communities face day in and day out.
The House of Representatives issued H. Res. 1085 and expressed concern for the safety of these minority communities in Afghanistan.
Sikhs in the US expressed joy with Speier’s move and Harpreet Singh Sandhu, on behalf of the Sikh Caucus Committee, thanked all members of the Congress for this concerted effort to protect Hindu and Sikh families.
“We thank the Congress for highlighting the plight of minorities, and an effort to bring them into the US as refugees,” Himmat Singh of the Sikh Coordination Committee East Coast (SCCEC) and Pritpal Singh of the American Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (AGPC) said in a joint statement, news agency ANI reported.
Sandhu, who is the executive director of the American Sikh Congressional Caucus, urged all Caucus Chairs, members of the Congress, and Senators to step in on an urgent humanitarian basis.
“America has a moral obligation to preserve the sanctity of life and give Afghan Sikhs and Hindus a real chance for religious equality, safety, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness,” he said.
The House of Representatives also extended their voice towards the resettlement of Sikhs and Hindus from Afghanistan in the United States as part of the United States Refugee Admissions Program pursuant to section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1157).
“I marvel at the resilience of these families who even in the midst of despair have trust and hope. It would be a great injustice if we would have turned a blind eye in the face of their adversity. America is the kind of place that would give them an opportunity, a fighting chance and a home,” Jasmit Singh, Advocacy Director of UNITED SIKHS, said.