- US fee says non secular freedom in India deteriorating additional.
- US Fee on Worldwide Spiritual Freedom says in annual report that “religious freedom conditions in India continued their negative trajectory.”
- The fee provides suggestions however doesn’t set US coverage.
WASHINGTON: A US fee on Wednesday really helpful for the second yr in a row that India be positioned on a blacklist for non secular freedom, saying remedy of minorities had deteriorated additional.
The Indian authorities final yr responded angrily to the decision by the US Fee on Worldwide Spiritual Freedom and there stays little probability that the State Division will take its recommendation and condemn India, an more and more shut US ally.
The fee, which provides suggestions however doesn’t set US coverage, stated in its annual report that “religious freedom conditions in India continued their negative trajectory.”
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi´s authorities “promoted Hindu nationalist policies resulting in systematic, ongoing and egregious violations of religious freedom,” it stated.
It pointed to allegations of police complicity in violence in opposition to Muslims throughout lethal riots final yr in New Delhi and continued issues over a citizenship regulation championed by Modi that critics say defines Muslims as non-Indian.
It additionally stated the Indian authorities has been stifling dissent and voiced concern over the rise of restrictions on inter-faith marriages together with in India´s largest state Uttar Pradesh.
The fee really helpful that the State Division designate India as a “country of particular concern,” a blacklist that features China, Saudi Arabia and India´s historic rival Pakistan.
Different nations already on the State Division´s blacklist — which paves the way in which for sanctions if they don’t enhance their information — are Eritrea, Iran, Myanmar, Nigeria, North Korea, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
The advice on India drew a dissent from one commissioner, Johnnie Moore, an appointee of former president Donald Trump.
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Moore in a press release stated India was “at a crossroads” however famous that it was the world´s largest democracy with constitutional ensures of non secular freedom.
“Of all the countries in the world, India should not be a ´country of particular concern,´” he stated.
“It is diversity personified and its religious life has been its greatest historic blessing.”
Along with India, the fee referred to as on the State Division so as to add Russia, Syria and Vietnam to the blacklist.