Date: August 22, 2022
U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Hearing
Religious Freedom in Afghanistan: One Year Since the Taliban Takeover
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
The Taliban’s imposition of their narrow interpretation of Sunni Islam on all of society poses a grave threat to Afghans who interpret Islam differently, who hold a different faith, or who choose to have no faith at all. In addition, despite continued promises to protect all ethnic and religious communities residing in Afghanistan, the Taliban de facto government has been unable to protect religious minorities against attacks from Islamic State-Khorasan (ISIS-K). While some religious minority communities face the threat of extinction, others struggle to practice their faith in hiding due to fear of reprisal.
Witnesses will document religious freedom conditions throughout the country under Taliban rule, discuss current U.S. policy, and share recommendations for the U.S. government to support religious freedom in Afghanistan.
- Nury Turkel, Chair, USCIRF
- Abraham Cooper, Vice Chair, USCIRF
- Haris Tarin, Chief of Staff, Operation Allies Welcome, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Invited)
- Fereshta Abbasi, Researcher, Asia Division, Human Rights Watch
- Anne Richard, Afghanistan Coordination Lead, Freedom House; former Assistant Secretary of State, Population, Refugees and Migration, U.S. Department of State
- Joseph Azam, U.S. Policy Advisor and Board Chair, Afghan American Foundation