U.S. Lawmakers and Foreign Dignitaries Headline U.S. Capitol Event Hosted by Ahmadiyya Muslim Congressional Caucus and Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
On July 16, 2019, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Congressional Caucus and the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commision co-hosted a large event in the U.S. Capitol to shine a spotlight on international religious freedom.
On July 16, 2019, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Congressional Caucus and the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commision co-hosted a large event in the U.S. Capitol to shine a spotlight on international religious freedom. The event featured six members of U.S. Congress (Rep. Jackie Speier, Rep. Jim McGovern, Rep. Tom Suozzi, Rep. John Moolenar, Rep. Norma Torres and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi), three commissioners from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (Rev. Johnnie Moore, Tenzen Dorjee and Nadine Maenza), the U.K. Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief (Lord Tariq Ahmad) and Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali.
The evening’s guest of honor, Abdul Shukoor, an Ahmadi Muslim and survivor of religious persecution in Pakistan, delivered an impassioned testimonial about his time in prison. Abdul Shukoor’s case had sparked global condemnation when the then 81-year-old was arrested and convicted on terrorism charges simply for selling books of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The event also underscored the plight of Uyghur Muslims in China and included the testimonial of Jewher Ilham, a Uyghur Muslims whose father had disappeared in China on account of his faith.