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Two South Asians to Human Rights Commission are appointed by New York Mayor

Bill de Blasio , Mayor of New York

United States, May 31 (Uitv) - Three new commissioners have been appointed to the City Commission on Human Rights by New York's Mayor Bill de Blasio. Among three, Two are South Asians.

There is a reason behind appointment of new commissioners, That is identify issues of bias, discrimination, and harassment impacting their communities.

Indian American Gurdev Singh Kang, former president of the Sikh Cultural Society; and Pakistani American Faiza Patel, co-director of the Brennan Center's Liberty and National Security Program, were among the mayor’s appointments. LGBTQ activist Carrie Davis was also appointed to the commission.

Gurdev Singh Kang, former president of the Sikh Cultural Society

Gurdev Singh Kang is the former president of the largest Sikh temple in New York City, The Sikh Cultural Society. He served as president from 2012 to 2016, “It is a great honor to serve as a Commissioner. It is very important that the voices of minorities be heard during this crucial time,” said Kang, in a press statement released by the mayor’s office.

Kang emigrated from Punjab, India, in 1981 and started a deli/grocery business, then moved on to business endeavors ranging from real estate to retail.

“I hope to help prevent discrimination against New Yorkers based on their race and religious beliefs. Every New Yorker has the right to practice his or her own religion without having to face any fear or threat of a violent attack,” said Kang.

Patel, co-director of the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program


Faiza Patel serves as co-director of the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program. She has testified before Congress opposing the dragnet surveillance of Muslims, organized advocacy efforts against state laws designed to incite fear of Islam, and developed legislation creating an independent Inspector General for the NYPD.

“This progressive and extraordinarily qualified group share strong dedication to safeguarding the rights, safety, and dignity of all people in New York City. I am confident this agency will continue to be a robust enforcer of our fundamental civil rights and improve community relations among New Yorkers throughout the five boroughs,” said the mayor.