Hindus Meet with Leaders on Capitol Hill

September 30, 2006

Source: Hindu American Foundation press release


On September 30, 2006 a Hindu American Foundation press release reported, "The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) concluded its third annual Government Outreach and Leadership Conference on September 28, 2006. Two days of individual meetings with over twenty-five senators and members of the House of Representatives, Department of Justice, and State Department were highlighted by a dinner reception held within the rotunda of the United States Capitol building on September 27, 2006. The HAF delegation, consisting of foundation leaders, the executive director and core supporters, held discussions with government agencies and members of Congress and their staff on issues including Hindu human rights in South Asia and Fiji, the shared experience of Hindus in India and Americans victimized by terrorism emanating from Pakistani terror camps, and religious liberty in the United States. HAF members secured several endorsements for House Resolution 548, recognizing the Hindu, Jain and Sikh festival of Diwali, introduced by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) at HAF’s request. That resolution now has 38 co-sponsors. Another resolution proposed to complement the HAF authored Hindu human rights report of 2005 also secured strong support from several leaders, including members of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus."