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ICAAD works to remove each brick to illuminate our common humanity"

Minority Rights

Under the current Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), only 3% percent of all hate crimes are documented. In 2012, the UCR reported 7,713 victims of hate crimes, whereas, the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) reported on average 259,700 hate crimes a year from 2007-2011.
France passed a law in 2004 prohibiting students in public primary schools and secondary schools from wearing symbols and clothing manifesting a religious affiliation, impacting Muslims, Jews, and Sikhs. Despite a Human Rights Committee decision finding France in violation of the ICCPR, France has refused to change or amend its laws.

Reports

  • ICERD Shadow Report: U.S. is Failing to Protect Minorities from Hate Crimes
    SUMMARY This Shadow Report lays out the context under which the U.S. government has failed to protect minority communities from hate crimes through a combination of inadequate data collection, limited training of law enforcement to investigate and document hate crimes, and the failure to devote resources to monitor domestic extremists with supremacist ideologies. Under the current Uniform ...
  • Go Home Terrorist: A Report on Bullying Against Sikh American School Children In March of 2014, the Sikh Coalition published their Report: “Go Home Terrorist” and acknowledged ICAAD’s work on the report: “We are thankful to the lead researchers of this report, Hansdeep Singh, JD, LLM, Co-Founder and Director of Legal Programs of the International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD), and Jaspreet Singh, JD, Co-Founder and Director ...
  • ICCPR Shadow Report on the U.S. and Hate Crimes
    SUMMARY This Shadow Report is an initial submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee and is not covered in the list of issues or NGO list of issues reports. The violations detailed in this Report have not been thoroughly briefed before the Human Rights Committee, and thus, the U.S. government has not provided a detailed ...
  • Department of Justice (CRT): Hate Crimes Documentation
    Hate Crimes Documentation The 2010 FBI Hate Crime Statistics reveal that out of 6,624 single-bias incidents, 20% were motivated by religious bias. What is both significant and shocking about this number is that it represents the highest percentage of religiously motivated hate crimes ever recorded by the FBI, since it began documenting hate crimes statistics, nationwide, ...
  • Analysis on Hate Crime Coding and Data Collection Provided to the US Department of Justice
    Re: Analysis on Hate Crime Coding and Data Collection Date: September 28, 2012 The 2010 FBI Hate Crime Statistics reveal that out of 6,624 single-bias incidents, 20% were motivated by religious bias.What is both significant and shocking about this number is that it represents the highest percentage of religiously motivated hate crimes ever recorded by the FBI, ...

Videos

  • Interview re Anti-Sikh Hate Crime on BelgianTV
    Interview re Anti-Sikh Hate Crime w/ ICAAD’s Hansdeep Singh on BelgianTV following the atrocious 8/5/12 hate crime against the Sikh community in Wisconsin by white-supremacist Wade Michael Page.
  • Tony Blair Faith Foundation Presentation: Human Rights Concerns in the U.S.
    Face to Faith hosted ICAAD’s Director of Legal Programs, Hansdeep Singh, on Human Rights Day (12/10/12) in a question and answer session with students. The discussion covered topics such as: nuclear disarmament, manifesting one’s religious identity, discrimination in the context of hate crimes, women’s rights (specifically violence against women), lack of State accountability mechanisms in the ...

News

  • American Exceptionalism & Hate Crimes
          American Exceptionalism & Hate Crimes When looking at the conception of America as an exceptional nation, a paradigm shift has occurred from a core principle of egalitarianism to that of superiority. The US foreign policy (eg drone strikes, border security, NSA global surveillance) prioritises US interests to the detriment of other nations and marginalised communities with the unintended consequence of ...
  • Report Reveals System Failures in U.S. Documentation of Hate Crimes
    Report Reveals System Failures in U.S. Documentation of Hate Crimes Geneva, Switzerland, Sept. 16, 2013: The International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD) submitted a Shadow Report to the United Nations Human Rights Committee on Sept. 13, 2013, for the upcoming review of United States (U.S.) compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights ...
  • Op-ed: The Rise of Hate Crimes Can Be Tied Directly to Hateful Speech
     The Rise of Hate Crimes Can Be Tied Directly to Hateful Speech External Link There is an indisputable link between inflammatory, bigoted rhetoric and the soaring incidence of hate crimes nationwide. It’s time we paid attention to the connection, write Hansdeep Singh and Simran Jeet Singh. Attorney General Eric Holder described the recent massacre of Sikhs in Oak ...
  • Educational Consultation with Department of Justice (CRS) on Sikh Culture
    External Link Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole Speaks at the Community Relations Service Sikh Cultural Competency Training Preview Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, September 19, 2012 “It is a great honor to join all of you as CRS previews the Department’s new cultural competency training. I would like to acknowledge the members of SALDEF, United Sikhs, the Sikh ...
  • End Racial Profiling Act Statement
    ICAAD’s Statement on the End Racial Profiling Act Provided for a Hearing by the Senate Subcommittee “Chairman Durbin, Ranking Member Graham and members of the Subcommittee:  I am honored to submit this testimony for the record on behalf of the International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD) regarding today’s hearing on racial profiling.  ICAAD uses coalition ...

Art

  • Lakhpreet Kaur: Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite
    From the Artist: “This piece depicts two Sikh women, both wearing different articles of faith, a dastar (turban) and a chuni (headscarf). The French slogan, “Liberty, Equality, and Brotherhood,” is called into question in light of he 2004 French legislation preventing people from wearing headwear. The women are gagged in this piece to symbolize the legislation ...

#RaiseYourShield

Great talk! "Dr. Prabhjot Singh is on a mission to makes healthcare more accessible. His “a-ha moment” came as he attended the funeral of one of his patients where he saw the man in context of his life and community, rather than the bare facts included on his chart. Singh realized that this man’s death had been the result of the collective failure of many systems—education, mental health, neighborhood safety, job placement, veteran support. In Dying and Living in the Neighborhood, Singh insists that we must discard our top-down approach to the healthcare system and that regardless of our leadership, the solutions won’t come from our government. We must rebuild our system from the neighborhood up." ... See MoreSee Less

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THE INDIAN CONSTITUTION AND LEGAL
ASSIMILATION OF SIKHISM, BUDDHISM,
AND JAINISM INTO HINDUISM

"Article 25, sub-clause 1 of the Indian Constitution guarantees
that “subject to public order, morality and health,
all persons are equally entitled to freedom of conscience
and the right to freely to profess, practice and propagate
religion.”38 However, its sub-clause 2 (B) and its corresponding
Explanation II is considered very controversial.
While Explanation I states that the wearing and
carrying of kirpans shall be deemed to be included in
the profession of the Sikh religion. Explanation II in
sub-clause 2 (B) states, “Hindus shall be construed as
including a reference to persons professing the Sikh, Jain
or Buddhist religion, and the reference to Hindu religious
institutions shall be construed accordingly.”39 This
constitutional provision is very discriminatory, as it connotes
that even as a multi-faith state, India seems to be
concerned about the social welfare of only one religion
(Hinduism) and its religious institutions. The appended
Explanation II effectively groups Sikhs, Buddhists, and
Jains into Hinduism. Explanation II has also led to other
discriminatory laws against these religions, including
the Hindu Succession Act (1956), Hindu Marriage Act
(1955), Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act (1956),
and Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act (1956). These
laws are largely viewed to force legal assimilation of
these religions into Hinduism, rather than recognizing
them as distinct religious identities."
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