US panel likely to downgrade India on religious freedom

WASHINGTON (HRNW) – The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is considering downgrading India’s ranking with respect to religious freedom.

According to foreign media reports, the USCIRF is mulling whether to move down India a notch from “Tier II” to “Tier I” or “countries with particular concern” on account of religious freedom.

The consideration comes after India registered the largest decline in its political rights and civil liberties score among the 25 most populous democracies in the annual report of Washington-based pro-democracy think-tank Freedom House.

The report attributed this to the Modi government’s “alarming departures from democratic norms”. It also declined Kashmir’s status from “Partly Free” to “Not Free”.

India is currently in Tier II while the USCIRF is expected to confabulate on whether the police action against CAA protesters and the lockdown in occupied Kashmir should merit a downgrade to “Tier 1”.

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