The report highlighted the violations of religious freedom because of the Hindu Nationalist Policies of the ruling party BJP. The report mentions that the religious freedom conditions in India continued their negative trajectory in 2020.
United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has released its annual global report today and India is recommended as Country of Particular concern for deteriorating Religious Freedom second time in two consecutive years.
In the George Floyd murder Case, the 12-person jury found the former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of crime on Tuesday. US President Joe Biden welcomes the judgement and said that he hoped the decision would become a “moment of significant change”.
On Sunday, April 18, the US decision to pull out its troops from Afghanistan was defended by Secretary of State Antony Blinken. He said that threat of terror had moved somewhere else and now the priority of Washington should be to refocus the resources on other challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic and China.
America witnessed another death of a black man who was shot dead by the law enforcement officers near the place where George Floyd was killed last year. In the US city of Minneapolis, a young black man named Daunte Wright aged 20 was pulled off his car for a traffic violation and later shot dead by the police.
On Tuesday, Peel District School Board organized a virtual event in honor of Sikh Heritage Month. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was a featured guest at that event.
An amount of $833,000 has been allocated to five organizations in United Stated as Covid-19 relief fund by the United States’ Small Business Administration (SBA). These five organizations are said to be linked with the Hindu Supremacists and religious groups in India.
On March 30, 2021, a conference was organized to mark the fourth anniversary of the United Nations Faith for Rights declaration. During the conference, a short video on gender equality was released by the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights. In that video, four stanzas from the ‘Guru Granth Sahib Ji’ were included. The stanzas were read by eminent scholar and human rights activist Dr. Iqtidar Cheema.
A Sikh Art Gallery has been built in Connecticut’s Norwich by a Sikh Man Swaranjit Singh Khalsa who also owns a gas station in Norwich town and has been residing in the city for over 11 years.