Joe Biden names Indian-American as first Muslim religious freedom ambassador – Times of India

NEW DELHI: US President Joe Biden on Friday nominated the Indian-American Rashad Hussain As Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. Hussein is the first Muslim to be named head of US diplomacy to advance religious freedom.
“Today’s announcement underscores the president’s commitment to building an administration that looks like America and reflects people of all faiths.” white House Said through a press release.
Hussein is the Director of Partnership and Global Engagement on the National Security Council. He formerly served as senior counsel in the National Security Division of the Department of Justice.
“Rashad also led efforts to combat anti-Semitic sentiment and protect religious minorities in Muslim-majority countries,” the White House said.
Hussein also served as the US Special Envoy for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Strategic Counter Terrorism Communications, and Deputy Associate White House Counsel during the Obama administration.
“In his roles as envoy, Hussein worked with multilateral organizations such as the OIC and a, foreign governments, and civil society organizations to expand partnerships in education, entrepreneurship, health, international security, science and technology, and other areas,” the White House said.
Before joining the Obama administration, he served as a judicial law clerk for Damon Keith. US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and was also an associate counsel for the Obama-Biden Transition Project.
Hussain has a law degree from yale law school and holds a master’s degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Harvard University.
According to US State Department, “The Office of International Religious Freedom promotes universal respect for freedom of religion or belief for all as a core objective of U.S. foreign policy. We monitor religiously motivated abuses, persecution, and discrimination around the world , and recommend, develop and implement policies and programs to address these concerns.”


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