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No religious persecution in India, US junks panel charge

The US state department, however, designated Pakistan and China as Countries of Particular Concern (CPCs) among 10 countries, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said. 

Published: 09th December 2020 03:15 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th December 2020 08:59 AM   |  A+A-

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (File photo | AP)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Washington has dismissed the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) recommendation of designating India as a country of particular concern for violation of religious freedom.  

The US state department, however, designated Pakistan and China as Countries of Particular Concern (CPCs) among 10 countries, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said. 

The USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan federal government entity, had told the US government in its 2020 annual report that religious freedom in India had experienced a ‘drastic turn downward’ with religious minorities under ‘increasing assault’ in 2019.

The last it had recommended India to be listed as a country of concern was in 2004.

India had rejected the report’s observations and termed the comments as ‘biased’ and ‘tendentious’, and said the allegations were ‘not new’.

New Delhi had also alleged that the “misrepresentations” had reached “new levels”.The state department also did not accept the USCIRF recommendation of designating Russia, Syria, and Vietnam as CPCs.  



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  • Jin

    A thorough online search yields that this news has never appeared in any other newspaper or TV network thus rendering it questionable. Can you please provide some evidence that Mike Pompeo really rejected the USCIRF report on India about religious persecution?
    2 months ago reply
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