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US State Section refuses to listing India as nation of distinct problem




US State Department refuses to list India as country of particular concern

The US State Division has rejected the advice of the controversial United States Commission on Worldwide Religious Freedom (USCIRF) to consist of India in the record of nations around the world of particular concern (CPC) for alleged violation of religious flexibility. The State Department has specified ten nations together with China and Pakistan in the CPC list on December 7.

In response to a dilemma as to why Pakistan was involved in the CPC record and India was not, the US Ambassador-at-Huge for Global Spiritual Freedom, Samuel Brownback had said that violation of religious liberty was carried out by the federal government in Pakistan which was not the scenario in India. “(In) Pakistan, a lot of their actions (violations of spiritual independence) are finished by the governing administration. In India, some of them are completed by the authorities and the regulation that was handed, and a lot of its communal violence. And then when that normally takes position, we consider to figure out whether or not or not there has been effective enforcement, judicial motion following communal violence usually takes place”, stated Brownback. He included that 50 percent of the world’s folks locked in jail on the expenses of blasphemy were in Pakistan’s jails.

Besides China and Pakistan, the other nations provided in the checklist are Myanmar, Eritrea, Iran, Nigeria, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. The nations of Comoros, Cuba, Nicaragu and Russia have been positioned in the Particular Enjoy Listing (SWL) for governments in these nations around the world have possibly engaged in or tolerated intense violations of religious flexibility. The US has specified Al-Shabaab, Al-Qaida, Boko Haram, Hayat Tahrir al-shram, the Houthis, ISIS, ISIS Increased Sahara, ISIS-West Africa, Jamaat Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin and the Taliban as the Entities of Distinct Concern’.

India rejects USCIRF observations as biased and tendentious

The USCIRF had told the US government in its 2020 yearly report that spiritual freedom in India experienced knowledgeable a ‘drastic change downward’ and that the religious minorities in the country had been beneath ‘increasing assault’ in 2019. The organisation experienced designed a comparable advice in 2004. India experienced turned down the USCIRF observations as biased and tendentious. The USCIRF claimed that India was “engaging in and tolerating systematic, ongoing and egregious religious freedom violations”. It stated in the report that the Indian govt allowed violence versus minorities and also engaged in and tolerated loathe speech and incitement to violence.

The USCIRF has been meddling with the inside affairs of India ever since the Modi government returned to energy in 2019. It had been pushing 1 sided propaganda in opposition to the Modi government. In June this yr, the Ministry of Exterior Affairs experienced denied visas to the USCIRF groups in relationship with challenges relating to religious freedom. “We have denied a visa to USCIRF teams that have sought to pay a visit to India in link with concerns relevant to spiritual independence, as we do not see the locus standi of a foreign entity like USCIRF to pronounce on the point out of Indian citizens’ constitutionally protected rights”, the External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar experienced clarified.


18 elephants discovered lifeless in Indian forest reserve




18 elephants found dead in Indian forest reserve

Fourteen adult elephants were uncovered deceased by villagers on Thursday, and an additional 4 bodies have been discovered dispersed on the foothills of the Kundoli reserve forest in Nagaon district.

Locals who located the elephants stated the animals could have been killed by a lightning strike on Wednesday.

A nearby forest ranger explained he had noticed burnt trees in the place.

The carcasses have been despatched for post-mortem examinations, and the point out govt has ordered an inquiry into the incident, Assam’s forest and wildlife minister Parimal Suklabaidya mentioned.

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“A preliminary report implies the deaths could be owing to lightning despite the fact that we will need to locate out by means of forensic tests if there could be any other purpose like poisoning or illness,” he mentioned.

“This is a incredibly unhappy incident, this sort of incident has never occurred in the forests of Assam.”

Regardless of claims that lightning might have been the result in of the elephants’ dying, outstanding conservationist Soumyadeep Datta mentioned that was not likely, centered on photos shared on social media.

“Poisoning could be guiding the death of the elephants,” Datta reported. “We have to wait for the autopsy report, which the forest division will do quickly.”

This is the first time in 20 yrs in Assam that so many elephants have been observed dead at the exact same time.

India is house to approximately 30,000 elephants, about 60 for each cent of the wild Asiatic elephant inhabitants.

An estimated 6,000 or far more wild Asiatic elephants stay in Assam. They normally appear out of the forests in research of food.

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