Govt justifies visa denial to members of US body which criticised India about religious freedom

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New Delhi – Hardening its stand against United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), the Government has justified denying visas to members of the bipartisan US body to visit India last year and questioned its locus standi to comment on Indian citizens’ fundamental right to religion.

In a letter to BJP’s LS member Nishikant Dubey, external affairs minister S Jaishankar attacked the USCIRF, whose members include US lawmakers, for categorising India as a ‘Country of Particular Concern’ (CPC) in its 2020 report which said the country was “engaging in and tolerating systematic, ongoing and egregious religious freedom violations”.

The USCIRF has been known to make prejudiced, inaccurate, and misleading observations regarding the state of religious freedom in India, the Minister said. “We do not take cognizance of these pronouncements and have repudiated such attempts to misrepresent information related to India”, he said.