USCIRF delegation denied visas for India visit
NEW DELHI (92 News) – India has on Friday denied visas for a three-member delegation from the US government agency charged with monitoring international religious freedom.
A three-member delegation of US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) was schedule to leave for a one-week visit to India starting today to meet with government officials, religious leaders and activists in India.
USCIRF chairman Robert George said that they were deeply disappointed by the Indian government’s denial of these visas, adding that as a close partner of the US, India should have the confidence to allow our visit.
The USCIRF chairman said that the agency has been able to travel to many countries, including those that are among the worst offenders of religious freedom, including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, China and Burma.
“One would expect that the Indian government would allow for more transparency than have these nations, and would welcome the opportunity to convey its views directly to USCIRF,” he added.