May 22, 2001
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- After learning that the Taliban-led government will be requiring Hindus to wear an identity label on their clothing in Islamic Afghanistan to distinguish them from Muslims, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) released the following statement:

"The latest oppressive act unfurled on the victims of the Taliban-led government is eerily reminiscent of Nazi-era Germany when Jews were forced to wear the yellow Star of David in order to identify themselves. Singling-out one group serves only one purpose: enabling discrimination and potential persecution. We must remember the cautious maxim that reminds us that those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it."

This year, Congresswoman Maloney introduced H.CON.RES.26, "Expressing the sense of the Congress regarding the Taliban-led Government in Afghanistan." The Resolution condemns the Taliban-led government for forcing millions of women and girls living under Taliban rule Afghanistan to be denied their basic human rights.