Our Executive Director Thenmozhi Soundararajan will be moderating a panel at the 2018 Parliament of World’s Religions, Toronto. The panel titled ‘Persecution of Religious Minorities’ is part of the parliament’s Countering War, Hate & Violence Track: Peace and Love: Not War, Hate & Violence. Here’s more information about the panel.
Persecution of minorities is a worldwide issue that needs to be addressed at international forums so that minorities all over the world can be helped and protected. Initially persecution explicitly referred to oppression due to one’s religious practices and faith, it now encompasses race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation as well as religion. Persecution can be a two pronged attack from the governments through its actions, laws and policies, as well as hostile acts from private individuals, organizations and social groups with the concurrence or toleration of state actors. Rohingya Muslim, Dalit, Sikh, Baha’i, Hindu, Indian Muslim, and Chinese Muslim speakers will highlight the problems from their individual experiences and explore avenues for assisting oppressed minorities and explore the role of interfaith engagement in this work.
Other members of the panel include Geoffrey Cameron, Director, Office of Public Affairs for the Bahá'í Community of Canada, Anahat Sandhu, Founding trustee of Sikh Council for Interfaith Relations, Dr. Jaideep Singh, scholar and co-founder of theSikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), Ahmed Ramadan, Outreach Coordinator at Burma Task Force Canada, Swami Agnivesh, Leader of the Arya Samaj and Philip Scott, founder of the Ancestral Voice-Institute for Indigenous Lifeways.