India, China Reject USCIRF Religious Freedom Report

Image is a screenshot of the cover image on the 2020 USCIRF annual report.

Indian authorities reject the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s annual report, which recommends sanctions and a “country of particular concern” (CPC) designation. Chinese officials had a similar reaction.

When a reporter questioned China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang about the USCIRF report in yesterday’s press conference, Shuang responded with the following:

The so-called commission you mentioned never runs short of political bias against China. Over the years, it has published one report after another to slander China’s religious policies. We urge the US side to respect the basic facts, discard arrogance and prejudice, stop the wrong practice of publishing such reports year after year, and stop using religious issues to interfere in China’s internal affairs.

Targeted sanctions, an Olympic boycott, and legislative support were among the USCIRF’s recommendations regarding China. The U.S. religious watchdog suggested CPC designations for 14 countries while praising Sudan and Uzbekistan for making “tangible improvements.”

See the USCIRF’s full report and country-specific profiles here.

Why China and India cause problems

Released this week, the USCIRF’s annual report describes how different countries treat religious groups. As described here, USCIRF recommendations can influence foreign policy.

Though both are presented to Congress, the USCIRF’s report differs from the U.S. State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom (IRF) report. Organized by the Office of International Religious Freedom, this report describes the status of religious freedom in every country. More on that here.

“India has been on USCIRF’s tier two list since 2010. This is a country we’ve been watching very closely, and the trends have been very negative and concerning,” USCIRF Chair Tony Perkins said in a recent press conference. “Additionally… USCIRF has not been granted entrance to India, and we certainly would like to go to India and observe these things for ourselves.”

Click here to read more.

SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray that God would use this report to reduce religious discrimination around the world.
  • Ask the Lord to bless and encourage believers in each country on the USCIRF list.
  • Pray that persecutors in every nation will come to know and accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.