India denies visa to members of US religious commission

Posted on:07 Mar 2016 10:16:41

India denies visa to members of US religious commission
07 March 2016 Current Affairs GK: US commission scheduled to visit India to discuss and report on the conditions of religious freedom in the country has been denied visa by the Indian government.A three-member delegation of US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) wanted to make a one-week visit starting Friday to meet with government officials, religious leaders and activists in India.One would expect that the Indian government would allow for more transparency than have these nations.USCIRF's principal responsibilities include reviewing, through the lens of international human rights law, the facts and circumstances of violations of religious freedom internationally and making policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State, and Congress.USCIRF will continue to pursue a visit to India, given the ongoing reports from religious communities, civil society groups, and NGOs that the conditions for religious freedom in India have been deteriorating since 2014," George said.USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan US federal government commission with commissioners appointed by the President and the leaders in both Houses of Congress.

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