February 8, 2024 (Washington, DC) — The Sikh Coalition continues to prioritize our efforts to protect the civil rights and safety of Sikhs in the United States through our work to oppose Indian transnational repression.

In the past two months, the Sikh Coalition has submitted statements for the record to Congress detailing our recommendations to address this issue in advance of two hearings: one for the U.S. Senate Foreign Affairs Committee’s hearing in December, and another for the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Counterterrorism, Law Enforcement, and Intelligence. In both instances, the chairs of these respective bodies (a Democrat in the Senate and a Republican in the House) cited the Sikh Coalition’s statements by name. We also recently engaged key allies in both chambers of Congress around issues pertaining to an arms sale to India, urging elected officials to use economic leverage to push for investigations into allegations of transnational repression and meaningful accountability.  

You can TAKE ACTION to continue building on this political momentum today: Use our free advocacy tool to send a pre-written letter to your elected officials in support of the Transnational Repression Policy Act. This bipartisan legislation offers critical protections against the reach of foreign governments into the United States, aiming to counteract efforts that infringe upon the civil liberties of individuals within America’s borders.

We also continue to lead on this issue outside of Congress. So far this year, the Sikh Coalition has consulted on proper translation for a Punjabi-language public service announcement from the FBI on transnational repression, published an opinion piece with Baaz, and presented to other civil rights organizations and philanthropic funders on the issue.

Finally, for more information about the Sikh Coalition’s work on transnational repression, visit this new page on our website for regular updates and easy access to publicly available resources, including the FBI’s Punjabi language content. We continue to believe that all individuals have the right to advocate for their beliefs peacefully, and we denounce any and all calls for political violence. 

As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.