Concerned about voting irregularities that took place during national elections in Guyana, which took place at the beginning of March, the Hindu American Foundation has written to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The letter urges the United States to “impose target and personal sanctions specifically against those officials in the coalition led by People’s National Congress-Reform and Guyana Elections Commission, who have been identified as subverting the electoral process.”

“We believe that this course of action will help hold those who have committed electoral fraud accountable for their actions and push the country towards implementing democratic reforms without destroying the fragile Guyanese economy [as would applying broader sanctions],” the letter goes on to say.

Read the full letter here

HAF has been closely monitoring the human rights situation in Guyana for over 15 years and publish an annual ​human rights report comprehensively detailing human rights violations against Hindus in Guyana —  where Hindus constitute 25% of the country’s population. In 2019 we conducted an on the ground fact-finding mission to Guyana, where we met with diverse stakeholders.

Read: Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora, a Survey of Human Rights