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Non secular minorities are below risk in India; Antony J. Blinken


The controversy was triggered after the US State Division launched a ‘Report on Worldwide Non secular Freedom 2021’

New Delhi: Hours after US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken named India as one of many international locations the place “spiritual freedom and the rights of non secular minorities are below risk,” India fired again, saying that “racially and ethnically motivated assaults, hate crimes, and gun violence” on American soil are a supply of concern for New Delhi. Urging Washington to not base its evaluation on motivated inputs and to keep away from biased views, New Delhi averred that the US shouldn’t play “vote-bank politics in worldwide relations.”

The controversy was triggered after the US State Division launched a “Report on Worldwide Non secular Freedom 2021” that was crucial of India and a number of other different nations. Late on Thursday night (early Friday morning IST), in a humiliation for New Delhi, Mr Blinken, releasing the report in Washington, stated, “The report paperwork how spiritual freedom and the rights of non secular minorities are below risk in communities around the globe. For instance, in India, the world’s largest democracy and residential to an excellent range of faiths, we’ve seen rising assaults on individuals and locations of worship.”

 

The US authorities report was ready by a workforce headed by the US Ambassador at Massive for Worldwide Freedom, Rashad Hussain, who additionally accused “some officers” in India of “ignoring and even supporting rising assaults on individuals and locations of worship.”

The US report acknowledged, “Assaults on members of non secular minority communities, together with killings, assaults, and intimidation, occurred all year long. These included incidents of “cow vigilantism” in opposition to non-Hindus primarily based on allegations of cow slaughter or commerce in beef… In line with the United Christian Discussion board, the variety of violent assaults in opposition to Christians within the nation rose to 486 in the course of the yr from 279 in 2020.”

 

Drawing closely from media experiences to checklist assaults on spiritual minorities in varied states in India, the US report stated, “Ten of 28 states have legal guidelines limiting spiritual conversions. 4 state governments have legal guidelines imposing penalties in opposition to so-called pressured spiritual conversions for the aim of marriage, though some state excessive courts have dismissed instances charged below this regulation… Christians and Muslims have been charged in the course of the yr below legal guidelines limiting conversions and a few state governments introduced plans to strengthen present laws or develop new laws.”

The report will likely be submitted by the US state division to the US Congress.   

 

Hitting again on Friday night, India stated, “We’ve famous the discharge of the US State Division 2021 Report on Worldwide Non secular Freedom and ill-informed feedback by senior US officers. It’s unlucky that vote financial institution politics is being practiced in worldwide relations. We might urge that assessments primarily based on motivated inputs and biased views be prevented. As a naturally pluralistic society, India values spiritual freedom and human rights. In our discussions with the US, we’ve commonly highlighted problems with concern there, together with racially and ethnically motivated assaults, hate crimes and gun violence.”

The report additionally lambasted each China and Russia for what it stated was a extreme crackdown on spiritual freedom and referred to China’s therapy of its ethnic Muslim minority, the Uighurs, and likewise Tibetan Buddhists.

 

Pakistan’s file was additionally criticized. Mr Blinken stated, “In Pakistan, a minimum of 16 people accused of blasphemy have been sentenced to demise by Pakistani courts in 2021, although these sentences are but to be carried out.”

On Afghanistan, the report famous that “spiritual freedom circumstances in Afghanistan have deteriorated because the Taliban seized management, (and that) the Taliban regime and rival militant group ISIS-Ok have detained, intimidated, threatened and attacked members of non secular minority communities.”

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