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India has turned down a travel request for members of a US government panel seeking to review its religious freedom, saying foreign agencies had no standing to assess the constitutional rights of citizens.

The visa snub to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on Wednesday came as the US Congress released its own religious freedom report while a top Trump administration official said he was "very concerned" about the South Asian country's situation.

India's Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said the government firmly repudiated the surveys of the USCIRF, which had little knowledge of the rights of Indian citizens, describing it as biased and prejudiced.

"We have also denied visas to USCIRF teams that have sought to visit India in connection with issues related to religious freedom," he told a legislator from Modi's governing party in a June 1 letter.

The step was taken because the government saw no grounds for a foreign entity such as the USCIRF to pronounce on the state of Indian citizens' constitutionally protected rights, he said, adding that India would not accept any foreign interference or judgement on matters related to its sovereignty.

Reuters news agency said it has reviewed a copy of the letter to Nishikant Dubey, an MP who had raised the issue of the panel's report in parliament.

'Have confidence to allow visit'
USCIRF spokeswoman Danielle Saroyan Ashbahian said its team wanted to travel to India for constructive dialogue with the government.

"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, which would give it the opportunity to convey its views directly to USCIRF in a constructive dialogue," she said in an email.

Since taking power in 2014, India's Hindu nationalist government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has faced criticism for attacks on Muslims and other minorities.

In its report in April, the USCIRF had called for the world's biggest democracy to be designated a "country of particular concern", along with China, Iran, Russia and Syria

The panel had urged sanctions against officials in Modi's government after it excluded Muslims from the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) passed in December last year.

"In 2019, religious freedom conditions in India experienced a drastic turn downward, with religious minorities under increasing assault," the report said.

The USCIRF is a bipartisan US government advisory body that monitors religious freedom abroad and makes non-binding policy recommendations.

New US Congress report
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday released a new 2019 International Religious Freedom Report in Washington, DC. The report, mandated by the US Congress, documents major instances of violations of religious freedom across the world.

Referring to India, the report highlighted the revocation of Indian-administered Kashmir's autonomy by the Modi government in August, the passage of the CAA in December, and attacks by Hindu vigilante groups on Muslims and Dalits (community once referred to as "untouchables") over the cow, an animal considered sacred by Hindus.

"Mob attacks by violent Hindu groups against minority communities, including Muslims, continued throughout the year amid rumours that victims had traded or killed cows for beef," said the report, adding that charges were often filed by the police against the victims of mob violence.

Hours after the release, Samuel Brownback, ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom in the Trump administration, said the "trend lines [on religious freedom] have been troubling" in India, according to a report by the Press Trust of India on Wednesday.

"We do remain very concerned about what's taking place in India. It's historically just been a very tolerant, respectful country of religions, of all religions," Brownback said during a phone call with journalists on Wednesday.

"It really needs a lot more effort on this topic in India, and my concern is, too, that if those efforts are not put forward, you're going to see a growth in violence and increased difficulty within the society writ large."
 

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Pautoo modi Hitler goverment lol..if you trust yourself why you afraid of a agency lol utter shame
 
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India has turned down a travel request for members of a US government panel seeking to review its religious freedom, saying foreign agencies had no standing to assess the constitutional rights of citizens.

The visa snub to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on Wednesday came as the US Congress released its own religious freedom report while a top Trump administration official said he was "very concerned" about the South Asian country's situation.

India's Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said the government firmly repudiated the surveys of the USCIRF, which had little knowledge of the rights of Indian citizens, describing it as biased and prejudiced.

"We have also denied visas to USCIRF teams that have sought to visit India in connection with issues related to religious freedom," he told a legislator from Modi's governing party in a June 1 letter.

The step was taken because the government saw no grounds for a foreign entity such as the USCIRF to pronounce on the state of Indian citizens' constitutionally protected rights, he said, adding that India would not accept any foreign interference or judgement on matters related to its sovereignty.

Reuters news agency said it has reviewed a copy of the letter to Nishikant Dubey, an MP who had raised the issue of the panel's report in parliament.

'Have confidence to allow visit'
USCIRF spokeswoman Danielle Saroyan Ashbahian said its team wanted to travel to India for constructive dialogue with the government.

"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, which would give it the opportunity to convey its views directly to USCIRF in a constructive dialogue," she said in an email.

Since taking power in 2014, India's Hindu nationalist government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has faced criticism for attacks on Muslims and other minorities.

In its report in April, the USCIRF had called for the world's biggest democracy to be designated a "country of particular concern", along with China, Iran, Russia and Syria

The panel had urged sanctions against officials in Modi's government after it excluded Muslims from the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) passed in December last year.

"In 2019, religious freedom conditions in India experienced a drastic turn downward, with religious minorities under increasing assault," the report said.

The USCIRF is a bipartisan US government advisory body that monitors religious freedom abroad and makes non-binding policy recommendations.

New US Congress report
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday released a new 2019 International Religious Freedom Report in Washington, DC. The report, mandated by the US Congress, documents major instances of violations of religious freedom across the world.

Referring to India, the report highlighted the revocation of Indian-administered Kashmir's autonomy by the Modi government in August, the passage of the CAA in December, and attacks by Hindu vigilante groups on Muslims and Dalits (community once referred to as "untouchables") over the cow, an animal considered sacred by Hindus.

"Mob attacks by violent Hindu groups against minority communities, including Muslims, continued throughout the year amid rumours that victims had traded or killed cows for beef," said the report, adding that charges were often filed by the police against the victims of mob violence.

Hours after the release, Samuel Brownback, ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom in the Trump administration, said the "trend lines [on religious freedom] have been troubling" in India, according to a report by the Press Trust of India on Wednesday.

"We do remain very concerned about what's taking place in India. It's historically just been a very tolerant, respectful country of religions, of all religions," Brownback said during a phone call with journalists on Wednesday.

"It really needs a lot more effort on this topic in India, and my concern is, too, that if those efforts are not put forward, you're going to see a growth in violence and increased difficulty within the society writ large."
What about Pakistani minorities? In India minorities have lots and lots of freedom. In India muslims block roads and offer namaz on Friday meanwhile Christians cannot carry Christmas procession in Pakistan.

India has muslims working in the army and intelligence bureau meanwhile in Pakistan army, non muslims cannot be promoted above Major General rank.
 

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No legal standing under Indian law. I doubt you would ever deny Americans visas.
We trust ourself and we dont need to hid anything..our kasmir is free. Infact i am planing to bring people from spain to tell the world our kashmir is free..
 

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What about Pakistani minorities? In India minorities have lots and lots of freedom. In India muslims block roads and offer namaz on Friday meanwhile Christians cannot carry Christmas procession in Pakistan.

India has muslims working in the army and intelligence bureau meanwhile in Pakistan army, non muslims cannot be promoted above Major General rank.

India is a absolute communal shithole

The amount of hatred and poison amongst Indians is incredible
 

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Excellent decision, consequences will arise now.
What consequences ?
US is nothing to decides right and wrong inside the India.

Those who cant protest the black minorities in their own nation should think twice to teach India.
We are happy if our govt reduces the abusing of the freedom.
Games was successful when nothing for good corrupt congress was in rule .
Now no more.
CAA and after Census NRC will also publishes.
Everything should be fair in India from now on

What about Pakistani minorities? In India minorities have lots and lots of freedom. In India muslims block roads and offer namaz on Friday meanwhile Christians cannot carry Christmas procession in Pakistan.

India has muslims working in the army and intelligence bureau meanwhile in Pakistan army, non muslims cannot be promoted above Major General rank.
Pakistan is not a subject here ..And we dont care what happens in other parts of world.
In India ,Indians will decide.
 

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What consequences ?
US is nothing to decides right and wrong inside the India.
Bold decession... Lot of heart burning for those who r not getting the dollars for missionary work.. now those $$ stopped by strict monitory control.This religious shit work should stop.. the wahabis and the Xtian healers.cheat poor people.
 

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What about Pakistani minorities? In India minorities have lots and lots of freedom. In India muslims block roads and offer namaz on Friday meanwhile Christians cannot carry Christmas procession in Pakistan.

India has muslims working in the army and intelligence bureau meanwhile in Pakistan army, non muslims cannot be promoted above Major General rank.
What a disgusting lie.....



 

waz

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Lol I read in one catholic website that Christians cannot celebrate Christmas. Don't blame me LOL.
Then you need to use your own research skills, and find out what the truth is. Ignorance is no excuse here, especially when you make statements like the above.
 

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Whites are killing Black in day light in US for vote bank politics. What panel we are talking about here?
 

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