International Christian Concern Presents Event on Religious Freedom in India
Event Takes Place as Part of International Religious Freedom Summit 2021 in D.C.
07/14/2021 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Today, International Christian Concern (ICC) is honored to host a concurrent event at the 2021 International Religious Freedom (IRF) Summit, which will focus on the state of religious freedom in India. Special consideration will be given to how India’s state-level anti-conversion laws are systematically discriminating against religious minority groups, including Muslims and Christians. Now present in 12 states, these laws impede religious expression and threaten the free exercise of religion. Prime Minister Modi and his BJP party push these laws as a means of furthering their religious nationalist agenda.
ICC’s president, Jeff King, and Advocacy Director, Matias Perttula, will be joined by Congressman Raskin, Ambassador Brownback, and Katrina Lantos Swett. Other speakers and panelists include Vijayesh Lall, Ajit Sahi, and Nikhil Mandalaparthy, representing India’s Christian, Muslim, and Hindu communities, respectively. The event will also serve as the public launch of ICC’s latest report on religious freedom in India, which highlights the problem of India’s discriminatory anti-conversion laws.
“The issues facing religious minorities in India are enormous, and it is only by coalescing a broad international coalition that their situation will change. ICC is pleased to participate in the 2021 IRF Summit and looks forward to increased action from civil society and governments around the world in the months and years ahead,” said King.
Time: Wednesday, July 14, 1:45 p.m. EST
In-Person Location: Palladian Room, Omni Hotel, Washington, D.C.
International Christian Concern joins 70 organizations as a partner in the first inaugural International Religious Freedom Summit July 13-15, 2021, in Washington, D.C. at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. The Summit was created to increase public awareness and political strength for the IRF movement. The event is co-chaired by former Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback, and Katrina Lantos Swett, president of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights, and more than 30 countries are participating.
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