South Asia Minority Alliance Foundation (SAMAF) is a US-based non-profit organization that represents interests and issues relating to religious and ethnic minorities living in South Asia -Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan- in the United States of America. The organization is led by Mr. Nadeem Nusrat, who is chairman of SAMAF, and enjoys support from South Asia’s major religious and ethnic groups.
Religious and ethnic minorities in some South Asian countries, particularly in Pakistan, have been facing systematic persecution at the hands of powerful groups who often enjoy overt or covert official patronage. Sometimes, as evident in the case of Pakistan, even the state itself is directly involved in suppression and persecution of its religious and ethnic groups. Ban on religious freedom and freedom of expression, denials of basic human rights and enactment of discriminatory laws against such minorities is a common occurrence in many parts of South Asia.
SAMAF has been launched to raise awareness among US lawmakers, political leaders, media and masses about the plight of these religious and ethnic minorities in South Asia. It is now a registered C(501)3 charity, along with The Voice of Karachi, in the USA.
SAMAF was officially launched in May 2018 at a well-attended event in the heart of US capital, Washington, DC. Congressmen Thomas Garrett Jr. and Scott Perry were among many lawmakers, diplomats, scholars, analysts and media representatives who attended the launching ceremony. Here is a video link to video news of this event and speeches of SAMAF chairman Nadeem Nusrat, Congressman Tom Garrett and Congressman Scott Perry.
Since January this year, SAMAF has been raising awareness about the issue of South Asian religious and ethnic minorities, particularly the case of millions of Mohajirs in urban Sindh, at every relevant platform and in US capital. At a recent Congressional hearing at Capitol Hill, Nadeem Nusrat forcefully pointed out discriminatory practices faced by religious and ethnic minorities in Pakistan. In the last few months, has also met with Senator John McCain, Senator Marco Rubio, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, Rep. Judge Ted. Poe, Rep. Joe Wilson, Rep. Tom Garrett, Rep. Scott Perry, members of influential think tanks and media representatives (we could either add links of pictures here or could simply add pictures on this page for easy reading and reviewing).