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Joe Biden nominates Indian-American Rashad Hussain, first Muslim as Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

Hussain, 41, is at present Director for Partnerships and Global Engagement on the National Security Council

Rashad Hussain. Image courtesy Information18

Washington: US President Joe Biden has nominated Indian-American legal professional Rashad Hussain because the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, the primary Muslim to be nominated to the important thing place, in keeping with the White House.

Who is Rashad Hussain?

Hussain, 41, is at present Director for Partnerships and Global Engagement on the National Security Council.

Today’s announcement underscores the president’s dedication to construct an Administration that appears like America and displays individuals of all faiths. Hussain is the primary Muslim to be nominated to function the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, the White House stated in an announcement on Friday.

He beforehand served as Senior Counsel on the Department of Justice’s National Security Division. During the Obama administration, he served as US Special Envoy to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), US Special Envoy for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications and Deputy Associate White House Counsel.

In his roles as envoy, Hussain labored with multilateral organisations such because the OIC and the UN, international governments and civil society organisations to increase partnerships in schooling, entrepreneurship, well being, worldwide safety, science and know-how and different areas.

He additionally spearheaded efforts on countering antisemitism and defending non secular minorities in Muslim-majority nations. Prior to becoming a member of the Obama administration, Hussain labored on the House Judiciary Committee, serving as a judicial legislation clerk.

Hussain obtained his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School the place he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal, and Master’s levels in Public Administration (Kennedy School of Government) and Arabic and Islamic Studies from Harvard University.

He has additionally taught as Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law Center and the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. He speaks Urdu, Arabic and Spanish, PTI stated.

In January 2013, Hussain obtained the Distinguished Honor Award which is given for “exceptionally outstanding service to the agencies of the U.S. Government resulting in achievements of marked national or international significance.” Upon appointing Hussain, then president Obama had known as Hussain “an accomplished lawyer and trusted member of my White House staff, Rashad had played a key role in developing the partnerships I called for in Cairo, and as a Hafiz of the Qur’an, he is a respected member of the American Muslim community, and I thank him for carrying forward this important work.”

The son of Indian-American immigrants, Hussain was born in Wyoming and was raised in Plano, Texas. His father, Mohammad Akbar Hussain, was a mining engineer and his mom Ruqaiya, his older sister Lubna and his youthful brother Saad are medical medical doctors. Hussain, a graduate of Greenhill School in Dallas, Texas accomplished a bachelor’s diploma in two years, in each philosophy and political science, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

President Biden additionally nominated Pakistani-American Khizr Khan as Commissioner of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).

According to the White House, Deborah Lipstadt has been nominated as Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism with the Rank of Ambassador and Sharon Kleinbaum as USCIRF Commissioner.

Lipstadt is a famend scholar of the Holocaust and antisemitism, the White House stated.

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