TDN World Desk: Recenty The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) recommended the US government to blacklist India by designating India as a “country of particular concern,” or CPC, for engaging in and tolerating systematic, ongoing, and egregious religious freedom violations”.
Responding to the the findings of the annual report by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), India rejectedt it declaring it as “biased”.
The Indian government’s official spokesperson Anurag Srivastava told media, “Its (the USCIRF’s) biased and tendentious comments against India are not new. But on this occasion, its misrepresentation has reached new levels. It has not been able to carry its own Commissioners in its endeavour. We regard it as an organisation of particular concern and will treat it accordingly.”
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), which is a U.S. government watchdog group on international religious freedom, on Tuesday released its annual report 2020 where it stated “Religious freedom conditions in India experienced a drastic turn downward, with religious minorities under increasing assault. Following the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) re-election in May, the national government used its strengthened parliamentary majority to institute national level policies violating religious freedom across India, especially for Muslims.”
The US U.S. watchdog group lists India as a “country of particular concern,” or CPC along with 13 other countries that include Burma (Myanmar), China, Iran, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia and Saudi Arabia, Syria,Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Vietnam,Eritrea.
IRFA defines CPCs as countries where the government engages in or tolerates “particularly severe” violations of religious freedom under the statute, as amended by the Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act of 2016 (Frank Wolf Act).
The USCIRF report took particular note of Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC), Supreme Court’s ruling on Babri Masjid, violence related to crackdown in Jammu and Kashmir, cow slaughter and misuse of Anti-conversion Laws and North-East Delhi violence.
The USCIRF asked the State Department to take stringent action against India suggesting five-point punitive mesures incuding Imposition of targeted sanctions on Indian government agencies and officials responsible for severe violations of religious freedom.