US Religious Agency Denied Visas For India

The group said it was “deeply disappointed” at India’s lack of “confidence to allow” the visit

India has denied visas to a delegation from a U.S. government organization that monitors religious freedom around the world, the organization said on Thursday.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said in a statement on its website that Indian authorities had “failed to issue” visas for the “long planned trip” scheduled to begin on March 4.

“We are deeply disappointed by the Indian government’s denial, in effect, of these visas,” USCIRF Chairman Robert P. George said. “As a pluralistic, non-sectarian, and democratic state, and a close partner of the United States, India should have the confidence to allow our visit.”

George added that the commission had been allowed into countries with far worse track records of religious tolerance, such as Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China and Burma.

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