Muslim, Sikh, Christian Groups Urge US Govt to Accept USCIRF Recommendations on India


Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the US President Joe Biden.

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NEW DELHI – Applauding the latest report of the US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), several Indian-American Muslim, Sikh and Christian groups have urged United Sates administration to accept the religious freedom watchdong’s recommendation to designated India as “country of particular concern (CPC)” for the deterioration of religious freedom in the country.

Designating India as one of the world’s worst violators of religious freedoms, while unfortunate, is expected and justified, said Rasheed Ahmed, executive director of Indian-American Muslim Council. We hope the US Department of State will accept the USCIRF’s recommendations and designate India as a CPC this year, he told PTI.

The USCIRF, in its report, has said, 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). India has in the past said the US body on international religious freedom has chosen to be guided only by its biases on a matter on which it has no locus standi.

The Federation of Indian-American Christian Organizations applauded the designation of India as a CPC by the USCIRF. FIACONA whole-heartedly agrees with USCIRF in their decision to continue the designation of India as a CPC for the year 2021, a statement said.

In a joint statement, three US-based Sikh organisations thanked the USCIRF for analysis of status of religious minorities in India. India, which claims to be the world’s largest democracy with a tradition of secular pluralism, is fast slipping into a majoritarian autocracy, said Dr Pritpal Singh, coordinator, American Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (AGPC).

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