U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)

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Overview:

India recently rejected a report by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) that alleged "severe violations" of religious freedom in the country.

 About U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF):

  • It is an independent, bipartisan federal government entity created by the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA).
  • Functions:
    • Reviews the facts and circumstances of violations of religious freedom internationally;
    • Make policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and the Congress;
  • It uses international standards to monitor religious freedom violations globally.
  • It is required to issue its own annual report setting forth its independent recommendations for U.S. policy
  • Composition: USCIRF has nine commissioners, appointed by either the President or Congressional leaders of each political party, supported by a non-partisan professional staff. 

 


Q1) What is the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998?

It is a US Act enacted to elevate religious freedom as a higher priority in U.S. foreign policy. IRFA provides that U.S. policy includes condemning violations of religious freedom and assisting other governments in the promotion of this right. IRFA created a range of government tools to implement this policy.

Source: India criticises USCIRF report, calls it misrepresentation of facts