One Year On; The Plight of Afghan Hindus and Sikhs Continues

Ali Amani

Repeated attacks, endemic societal discriminations, abductions, and frequent violence have pushed Afghan Sikhs and Hindus into a very precarious and fragile state after the March 2020 Gurudwara attack. In turn, this paper highlights the prevalence of violence and marginalization of these communities in Afghanistan and its impact in relation to the exodus of these communities from the country. It further examines the Afghan government’s response to such catastrophes. The paper concludes with recommendations for the government and other relevant key actors, especially the need to practically abide by their commitments to protecting ethno-religious minority groups in Afghanistan, at such a highly significant turning point in the country’s history.

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