USCIRF - United States Commission on International Religious Freedom

Twitter has been flooded with tweets tagging the American Body. Read on to know why. Also, the article provides information about the USCIRF.

by Monika

Updated: Apr 29, 2020 09:57 IST

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What is USCIRF?

USCIRF expanded as the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom is an independent, two-party U.S. federal government commission, which is consecrated to defending the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad. USCIRF examines the facts and circumstances of religious freedom irreverence and makes policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress. The President appoints the USCIRF Commissioners and the Congressional leadership of both political parties.

Why did USCIRF move India to the greatest concern category?

Religious freedoms in India deteriorated sharply last year as the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi allowed “campaigns of harassment and violence” against Muslims and other religious minorities to continue, according to a U.S. watchdog group.
The American Commission on International Religious Freedom, a government body that monitors conditions abroad and U.S. responses, moved India to its category of greatest concern in an annual report released Tuesday. USCIRF, as the group is called, has no power to enforce its recommendations, but the State Department is required to consider them.
The commission advocates that the State Department designate India as a “country of particular concern,” or CPC, said Nadine Maenza, its vice-chairperson because it “tolerated particularly severe violations of religious freedom.” The most “startling and disturbing,” she said, was India’s passage of a citizenship amendment act that fast-tracks citizenship for newcomers who belong to six religions but excludes Muslims. “This potentially exposes millions of Muslims to detention, deportation, and statelessness when the government completes its plan for a nationwide, national register,” she said.

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