Coalition of Hindus of North America

CAA – A LIFELINE FOR RELIGIOUSLY PERSECUTED MINORITIES

BACKGROUND

In 2019, the Indian Government passed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which fast tracks citizenship for religiously persecuted minorities (Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Parsis) from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, and provides them a lifeline to escape gross human rights violations, restore their dignity and practice their religion without fear of rape, conversion or death.

Women and marginalized communities from these minority religions have paid a particularly heavy toll. Over 1000 Hindu and Christian girls are forcibly converted and married off each year, while blasphemy laws are used to target religious minorities and subject them to unprecedented abuse. From rapes and forced conversion to being segregated to menial jobs without any prospects of economic advancement, these communities live in constant fear of persecution and social isolation. These minorities face an existential threat, a fact that was recognized by twenty US senators in a letter to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in July 2020, urging him to provide emergency refugee protection to Hindus and Sikhs of Afghanistan.

The dominant narrative has spun a humanitarian law into a “anti-Muslim” and “anti-Dalit” law, resulting in significant misinformation, confusion and outright Hinduphobia in the mainstream. Many Hindu Americans and Indian Americans have faced attacks and questions about CAA and have been unable to defend their stances or providing a counter voice. Rather than lauding the efforts of helping religiously persecuted minorities, many South Asian and other organizations have completely ignored the human rights of these minorities and relegated them to the fringes of social justice and equity.

What are the key provisions of the CAA? How has geo-political history and the politics of persecution shaped the current environment? But, most importantly, does CAA help or hurt?

Listen to the voices and experiences of survivors from these persecuted communities. As global citizens and humanitarians, it is our collective responsibility to help these victims and take action to prevent false propaganda that gags their voices.

WHAT HAS HAPPENED SINCE THE CAA WAS PASSED?

Despite dire predictions of impending genocide, the government of India has taken a slow, deliberate and lawful process for the  implementation of the CAA which is very similar to the Lautenberg Amendment in the United states. 

Where was the CAA stuck all these years? This article explains. 

CAA PROVIDES A LIFELINE TO RELIGIOUSLY PERSECUTED MINORITIES.

TAKE ACTION NOW

  • Use these resources to have conversations with fellow community members, youth and anyone who may not understand the dynamics in the Indian subcontinent.
  • Contact your congressional representatives and share this information. Ask them to support the rights of religiously persecuted minorities in the Indian subcontinent. You can find your local representatives and senators here.
  • Reach out to your local school boards and city councils to help separate facts from fiction and support human rights for all.
  • Join CoHNA’s task force on CAA. Fill out the form here.

 Presentations and Handouts

Looking to walk the CAA talk? – Download and use our presentation – “Straight Talk on CAA – Separating Facts from Fiction”

Bird’s eye view – Download and share our 2 pager – “CAA: A Lifeline for Religiously Persecuted Minorities”

Wondering why Indian Americans need to know or care about Indian laws like CAA? – “Countering Anti-CAA Activism and Hinduphobia in the new American Political Spectrum”

Clarity on CAA – The True Picture

Letter To Officials

INFOGRAPHIC VIDEOS – VOICES IGNORED

The Vanishing Religious Minorities of Afghanistan
“Haven” – A Heartfelt Cry for Help and Hope
Atrocities Against Minorities in Bangladesh
Attacks on Places of Worship
Atrocities Against Minority Women
CAA – A Lifeline for Dalits