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The US report on religious freedom in India calls for reflection

June 01, 2020 9:41 am

While the government was right at the diplomatic level to reject the report, the criticism ought to be seen as an opportunity to reflect on the state of freedom of religion in India.

Religious freedom: USCIRF report downgrades India for ‘violations’

April 29, 2020 7:49 am

This is the first time since 2004 — which was in the backdrop of the Gujarat riots of 2002 — that USCIRF has recommended that India be designated as a “Country of Particular Concern”.

Misrepresentation has reached new levels: India rejects USCIRF’s ‘biased’ listing

April 28, 2020 11:58 pm

In the 2020 edition of its annual report on International Religious Freedom, the USCIRF alleged that in 2019, religious freedom conditions in India "experienced a drastic turn downward", with religious minorities under increasing assault.

Explained: USCIRF, the Commission concerned over Citizenship Bill; what are its functions?

December 11, 2019 10:10 am

The USCIRF is an advisory or a consultative body, which advises the US Congress and the administration on issues pertaining to international religious freedom. Why has it said it is “deeply troubled” by the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Lok Sabha?

Explained: What is USCIRF, the US body that feels Amit Shah should face sanctions for CAB?

December 11, 2019 6:47 am

The USCIRF is mandated by US statute to "monitor the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad — not in the United States — using international standards to do so and makes policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State, and Congress".

USCIRF expresses concern over Assam NRC

August 28, 2019 2:43 am

In a statement issued on Tuesday, it said the updated NRC could be used to disenfranchise Muslims in the region and is part of the government’s ongoing efforts to introduce a “religious test” specifically aimed at clearing out Muslims.

Religious freedom: US report fails to understand India

May 04, 2016 5:31 am

“India is a vibrant pluralistic society founded on strong democratic principles. The Indian Constitution guarantees fundamental rights to all its citizens, including the right to freedom of religion,” Swarup said.

From 2012 to 2016, what the US report on religious freedom said about India

May 03, 2016 7:06 pm

From "no large-scale incidents" to "negative trajectory", how United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) changed tone in five years

Cow slaughter ban to Dadri lynching: What USCIRF report on religious freedom says about India

July 23, 2016 1:41 pm

In March this year, a delegation of USCIRF officials planned to visit India but they were not issued visas by the Indian government. The USCIRF was earlier denied visas in 2001 and 2009.

Religious freedom has deteriorated in India, says US report; govt disagrees

May 03, 2016 5:17 pm

Members of USCIRF were denied visas by Indian government early this year on the argument that religious freedom is enshrined in the constitution and any foreign third party has no locus standi to comment or investigate on it.