Coming Event: Exodus of Religious Minority Communities in Afghanistan


Date:                      June 25, 2021



U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom 

USCIRF Conversation on the Exodus of Religious Minority Communities in Afghanistan
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
3:00 – 4:00 PM ET
Virtual Event

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Please join the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for a virtual event assessing religious freedom conditions in Afghanistan.   

This virtual event will explore religious freedom conditions in Afghanistan, focusing on the plight of religious minorities in Afghanistan that are nearing extinction. With the deadline for U.S. withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan looming, conflict and civil unrest have gravely impacted these communities. Over 40 years of instability has caused the Sikh and Hindu religious communities to become nearly extinct with only 200 remaining in Afghanistan.
The discussion will feature USCIRF’s Chair Nadine Maenza and Commissioner Fred Davie, as well as leading experts on South Asia, Michael Kugelman and Dr. Jagbir Jhutti-Johal. The event will be moderated by Dwight Bashir, USCIRF’s Director of Outreach and Policy followed by questions and answers from attendees.  

  • Nadine Maenza, Chair, USCIRF
  • Fred Davie, Commissioner, USCIRF
  • Dr. Jagbir Jhutti-Johal, senior lecturer in Sikh studies at the University of Birmingham, member on the UK Freedom of Religion or Belief Forum, and former Commissioner on Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life
  • Michael Kugelman, the Deputy Director of the Asia Program and Senior Associate for South Asia at the Wilson Center, Washington, DC
Dwight Bashir, Director of Outreach and Policy, USCIRF
This virtual event is open to the public and media. The video recording will be posted on the Commission website. For any additional questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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