India slams USCIRF as ‘biased, with a political agenda’

New Delhi, May 2 (UNI) India on Thursday slammed the USCIRF and its latest report on India, terming it “a biased organisation with a political agenda” that continues to publish its “propaganda on India”.

A day after the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom released its latest report, recommending that India be clubbed among 17 nations as “Countries of Particular concern”, the Ministry of External Affairs gave a scathing rejoinder.

MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said: “The USCIRF is known as a biased organisation, with a political agenda. They continue to publish their propaganda on India, masquerading as part of an annual report.

“We really have no expectation that USCIRF will even seek to understand India’s diverse, pluralistic and democratic ethos.”

He also said that the USCIRF’s “efforts to interfere in the largest electoral exercise in the world will never succeed”, in reference to the Lok Sabha elections that are underway.

The USCIRF, in its 2024 Annual Report, recommended 17 countries to the US Department of State for designation as Countries of Particular Concern (CPCs) based on their governments engaging in or tolerating particularly severe violations of the right to freedom of religion or belief.

Besides the 12 countries that the US State Department had designated as CPCs in December 2023 that include Burma, China, Cuba, Eritrea, Iran, Nicaragua, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, it included five additional names: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Nigeria, and Vietnam.

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