TDN World: Indian Minorities Advocacy Network (ImanNet) has welcomed the recommendation by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) to designate India as a country of particular concern or CPC, for engaging in and tolerating systematic, ongoing and egregious religious freedom violations as defined by the international religious freedom act (IRFA.)

On April 28, The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), which is a U.S. government watchdog group on international religious freedom, recommended the States Department to blacklist India for its violation of of religious freedom allowed to its minority communities under the the international religious freedom act (IRFA.)

Responding to USCIRF’s move,Dr. Shaik Ubaid, the president of ImanNet, said, ““While it is a bright day for the campaign for human rights, pluralism and rule of law, it is also a dark day for India which at one time garnered respect from the world because of the ideology of Gandhi, Nehru and Azad. The Hindutva supremacist ideology of RSS which is currently ruling India through its political front the BJP has destroyed the pluralist ethos and the rule of law as well as hurt the growing economy of India.”

ImanNet also took note of the recent arrets of sudents, activists who put resistance against the anti-CAA,NPR,NRC.

“We would like to remind the world that while the USCIRF 2020 report was being readied for distribution, several hundred youth activities were being rounded up in India for standing up against the discriminatory laws which would have eventually disenfranchised tens of millions of Indian Muslims. These raids were being conducted while the country was under a lockdown because of the coronavirus and the world attention was diverted due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Ubaid

The Advocacy group hailed the recommendation of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) and urged the US government to enforce those recommendation to protect the religious minorities in India.

“We urged the state department and the US government to fully implement the recommendations of the commission. It is easier to prevent a genocide than to stop it once it starts, as evident in the case of Burma/Myanmar. Hundreds of millions of religious minorities including Muslims, Christians and Sikhs as well as Dalits face a great threat to their life and properties,” claimed Dr. Ubaid.

He also congratulated the various human rights adviocacy groups who worked hard to keep the USCIRF informed of the egregious violations of human rights in India.