US President, Joe Biden has recently nominated Rashad Hussain, who is an Indian-American lawyer and a diplomat, as ambassador-at-large to lead the state department’s international religious freedom office, which, amongst other things, publishes an annual report mainly on the state of religious freedom all around the world.
— Office of International Religious Freedom (@StateIRF) July 30, 2021
If the senate gives a confirmation on this, Rashad Hussain will be the first Indian-American who will head the body, which was created in 1998 to promote respect for religious freedom as a part of US foreign policy.
The White House announced that as a special envoy, Hussain has previously worked with multilateral organizations like foreign governments, the OIC and UN, and civil society organizations to expand partnerships on a wide range of issues, from international security to education to science and technology.
USCIRF Chair @nadinemaenza: "USCIRF applauds @POTUS’s nominations…We look forward to working with Rashad Hussain and @deborahlipstadt, once confirmed, to develop new ways for the US to promote the freedom of religion or belief around the world." (1/2) https://t.co/7sP7HH1wEP
— USCIRF (@USCIRF) July 30, 2021
US President Joe Biden has also nominated and appointed more than 60 Indian-Americans to many senior positions in his administration department, from Vinay Reddy, who heads the president’s team of some speechwriters, to Vivek Murthy, the surgeon general, to Kiran Ahuja to lead the office of personnel to Vanita Gupta, at number three at the justice department.
Syed Afzal Ali, who is the president of advocacy group Indian-American Muslim Council, has welcomed Hussain and Khan’s appointment, saying that their deep experience in “advocating for the rights of minorities will thereafter bolster religious freedom for all people, especially Indians, where Christians and Muslims are facing continuous persecution due to their faiths and beliefs”. US President, Joe Biden has also nominated Khizr Khan, who is a Pakistani American to the United States Commission for International religious freedom.