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CAIR to Co-Sponsor Jan. 27 Congressional Briefing on ‘Implications of India’s Citizenship Law’

India’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) explicitly discriminates against Muslim immigrants in granting citizenship.

SEE: Anti-CAA protests gather fresh momentum as India marks Republic Day

During the briefing, a panel of experts from the U.S. and India — including from the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) — will offer detailed analyses of and perspective on the CAA.

Indian panelists will share their firsthand account of state repression and police brutalities, which have killed more than 30 protesters and incarcerated thousands, including minors. The briefing will also discuss the executive and legislative actions for U.S. government and Congress to ensure that India repeals the discriminatory law.

WHAT: Congressional Briefing: Implications of India’s Citizenship Law

WHERE: Room 121, Cannon House Office Building, 27, Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

WHEN: January 27, 2020 (Monday) – Breakfast (9.30 to 10:00 a.m.) – Briefing (10 a.m. to Noon)

Expert Panel:

  • Harrison Akins, Policy Analyst (South Asia), USCIRF
  • Francisco Bencosme, Asia Pacific Advocacy Manager, Amnesty International USA
  • John Sifton, Asia Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch
  • Sandeep Pandey, Magsaysay Award-winning social activist, India
  • Iman Awad, National Legislative Director, Emgage Action
  • Nihad Awad, National Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
  • Waris Hussain, Adjunct Professor, Howard University School of Law
  • Pastor Sarah Anderson-Rajarigam, Dalit Rights Activist
  • Soumya Shankar, Adjunct Professor, School of Journalism, Stony Brook University

The event is organized by Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Emgage Action, and Hindus for Human Rights (HfHR).

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