India defends decision to deny visa to US panel on religious freedom

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Indian government has justified its decision to deny visa to US panel on religious freedom wanting to visit India.

The Delegation of US Commission on International Religious Freedom was to visit India on 4 March with support from the US State Department and the US embassy in Delhi.

The independent and bipartisan US group responded by expressing its resolve to continue trying to visit India in light of reports of ‘deteriorating religious freedom since 2014’ in the country particularly since Narendra Modi took over the government.

A statement from the USCIRF chairman Robert George said, “As a pluralistic, non-sectarian and democratic state, and a close partner of the United States, India should have the confidence to allow our visit. The USCIRF has been able to travel to many countries including Pakistan, Vietnam, China and Burma. One would expect Indian government would allow for more transparency than these nations.”

The Indian embassy in Washington said that there was no change in India’s stand on such visits.

Later, responding to George’s statement, the Indian embassy said that foreign agencies such as the USCIRF had no ‘locus standi’ to pass judgement or comment on the state of Indian citizens’ constitutionally protected rights.

In its 2015 report, the US agency had concluded that the incidents of religiously motivated and communal violence had increased third year in a row.

India is particularly concerned about the agency’s visit because it fears that the USCIRF’s recommendations may allow the US government to impose sanctions against it.

Under the current law, the US can impose sanctions against countries flagged by the agency as of ‘particular concern.’

India had earlier denied permission to the USCIRF in 2009.

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. Few facts:

    1) USCIRF commissioners do not promote religious freedom in USA. On the
    contrary, their activities create a hostile environment in USA. Examples:-
    a) Current USCIRF chairman is actively promoting Indiana’s anti-gay law.
    b) In 2005, USCIRF Commissioner Richard Land, of Southern Bapstist Convention, authored “Imagine! A God Blessed America: What It Would Look Like and How It Could Happen”. In the book, He wrote that Hindu culture/tradition is “Superstitious” and “Cruel”.

    2)Event: Terrorist Attack at Bodhgaya India
    USCIRF portrayal: “NIA arrested Hindu priest.Protest ensued &..Priest released.”
    Fact: India Mujahideens arrested.Anti-attack vigil ensued.

    3)Event: AntiTerror Op. BatlaHouse, Delhi
    USCIRF portrayal: “2 unarmed youth shot by police.”
    Fact: Court awarded life term to arrested Indian Mujahideen terrorist found guilty of bombing new delhi and killing 17 civilians.

    4) Event:99acre land to build Safe Shelter for Hindu Pilgrims in
    amarnath, kashmir.
    USCIRF portrayal: Lends voice to claims of terror outfits. Shows no concern for
    Pilgrim security and religious freedom to worship without fear.
    Fact:Amarnath piligrim massacre & terror attack on temp shelters is a recurring event.

    5)Event: Attack on Hindu Monastery,Orissa,India: Massacre of 5 ppl incl 82yrold Monk, Woman & Children
    USCIRF portrayal: USCIRF Villifies 82yrold Monk. Defend accused & doubt
    court judgement without providing any facts.
    Fact: Court found 7 Christians,lnked with maoist terror group, guilty of
    Jalespesta Hindu Massacre.

    • It’s part of the hypocritical tools like human rights they use to beat up other nations while attacking all over world.

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