Indian Americans Welcome Nomination of Rashad Hussain as Biden’s Religious Freedom Ambassador

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Rashad Hussain 41, Director for Partnerships and Global Engagement at the National Security Council

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WASHINGTON — The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), a Washington, D.C. based advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos today commended President Biden’s administration for nominating Rashad Hussain to serve in key religious freedom role at the US Department of State.

On Friday, the White House nominated Hussain, who has served in various roles including Senior Counsel at the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, for the position of Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. He is the first American Muslim to be nominated for such role.

“Today’s announcement underscores the President’s commitment to build an Administration that looks like America and reflects people of all faiths. Hussain is the first Muslim to be nominated to serve as the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom,” the White House said in a statement on Friday.

IAMC also welcomes the appointment of Khizr Khan and Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).

Khan, who is one of the prominent advocates for religious freedom in the country and Sharon Kleinbaum, a spiritual leader of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) in New York City were appointed as the Commissioners of the USCIRF.

Welcoming the nomination and new appointments, Syed Afzal Ali, President of IAMC said: “The deep experience of Mr. Rashad Hussain and Khizr Khan in advocating for rights of minorities will further bolster religious freedom for all people, especially in India, where Muslims and Christians are facing continuous persecution due to their faith.”

“While IAMC welcomes the latest nominations and appointments,  more needs to be done by President Biden’s administration to ensure that  human rights and religious freedom is part of its broader diplomacy. It is in the US interest to have geopolitical stability around the world, and especially in South Asia. IAMC is eager to help the incoming Ambassador and the two USCIRF appointees in addressing the issues of minorities in India.”

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