India placed on US 'watch list' on religious freedom

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  1. notinlove

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    Thu, Apr 29 07:10 PM

    Washington, April 29 (IANS) A bipartisan US panel on global religious freedom has named Pakistan and 12 other nations as 'countries of particular concern' while placing India on its 'Watch List' for the second year in succession.

    In a report to the US Congress Thursday, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) termed India's progress in protecting the rights of minorities as mixed and placed it on the second category watch list.

    While not rising to the statutory level under US law requiring designation as a 'country of particular concern', watch list countries require close monitoring due to the nature and extent of violations of religious freedom engaged in or tolerated by the governments, the report said.

    The Indian government at various levels recognised the problem of communal violence and created some structures to address these issues, it said. 'However, justice for victims of communal violence was slow and often ineffective, thereby perpetuating a climate of impunity.

    'While there was no large-scale communal violence against religious minorities during the reporting period, attacks on Christians and Muslims and their places of worship continued, along with incidences of intolerance against both,' the report said.

    The USRIF, which was denied visas by India to have a spot assessment of the ground realities for the second consecutive year, urged 'the US government to integrate concern for religious freedom and related human rights into all bilateral contacts with India, and for US ambassador to India to speak out against, and seek to visit sites of, communal violence'.

    In November 2009 when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited the US on the first state visit of the Obama administration, USCIRF wrote to President Barack Obama, urging him to raise religious freedom concerns in India with his guest.

    The letter, while noting the stated commitment of the Congress party to religious tolerance, called attention to what it called the Indian government's 'inadequate responses' to violence against religious minority communities, including Christians in Orissa in 2008 and Muslims in Gujarat in 2002.

    In a note of dissent, however, Felice D. Gaer, who was the USCIRF chair last year, said: 'The Commission's conclusion that the system's 'capacity and will is severely limited' and that government response to such incidents has been 'largely inadequate' seems to fly in the face of the evidence of serious measures that have been undertaken.'

    Gaer argued the response of the Indian government during the past year have been significant, citing amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure, establishing fast track courts to take up cases in Orissa, appropriating of funds for rebuilding and paying compensation to victims or the families, and to permitting a 10-country delegation of the European Union to travel to the region for a first-hand examination.

    'I respectfully dissent from the decision to recommend that India be placed on the Commission's Watch List of countries with egregious, severe violations of religious freedom that fall short of the statutory requirement for countries of particular concern,' Gaer said.

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  3. Yusuf

    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

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    Like we are bothered about it. Obama can stick the report up his backside.
     
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    As if the Socialists in White House have anything else to offer other than negative reviews on Indian progress. If missionaries are not allowed to illegally function as per Indian Constitution, we are suddenly on religious watch list. Perhaps American government doesn't know how difficult it is to maintain harmony in a 1 billion plus population especially if there are non-Indian minority faiths in the society as well.
     
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    LOL Hahahhahahahhaha=xD
     
  6. Logan

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    Why does America always try to play the father figure on international issues,,,,they always interfere with the normal working of other countries.
    They should first of all consider washing their hands off the blood of innocent people in Iraq an Afghanistan.
     
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    Cause they are the super power. They have to stick their nose into everything and issue certificates. On day some 50 years down the line, India will be issuing certficates to others as it will be very powerful.
     
  8. Logan

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    Hopefully it does ,,as the world is bored with American dadagiri
    Now it's tym 2 see some INDIAN DADAGIRI
    =xy
     
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    Rather than lecturing us on the concept of religious freedom, why doesnt the US try and adopt the following 'religious rights' given in India:

    Allow muslims a seperate Law code and thereby also legalizing the concept of polygamy.
    Allow a certain section such as Aghodi Babas to consume Human flesh and commit cannabilism.
    Allow Sikhs to carry a Kripan (an actual sword or Knife) under the religious obligation of Five K's or panj kakaar.

    And all the other freedoms we enjoy in India under the concept of religious freedom..


    We as Indians enjoy more Religious freedom than any other country in the world. A simple personal eg., In the UK, we needed permission from the District govt. to burst crackers on Diwali..
     
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    i think they should be on the top of list.
     
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    but,but but..........biggest islamophobics resides in USA right in whitehouse snooping in and eavesdropping on the private lives of the people just because they are muslims.Quite an irony from the us congress and the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).
     
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    The US should put itself on the "of particular concern" list. Religious minorities continue to be victim of animosity, contempt, hate crimes, "preventive detention" (being thrown in Guantanamo bay for even the most trivial civic offenses), and so on.

    American douchebaggery at its finest.
     
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    That sums up our response pretty appropriately. Thank you.
     
  14. venkat

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    Many of my friends with Hindu names and Hindu religion written in their personal records are staunch Christians and follow Christianity...such is the religious freedom in our country Mr. Obama!!!!
     
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    A country which it self is accused of religious hetrate is placing INDIA in his watch list hun!!!!!!!!
    WHAT A JOKE.. . .
     
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    This is simply a propoganda so as to leglising there hetrate and curbing INDIAN goodwill in world.. nice try-!!!!!!!!!!
     

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