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Press Release - In response to a media query on visa to USCIRF visit

Washington DC
March 4, 2016

We have seen the Press Release made by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on March 3, 2016 titled "India: USCIRF Not Issued Visas".


There is no change in the policy of the Government of India with respect to such visits. India is a vibrant pluralistic society founded on strong democratic principles. The Indian Constitution guarantees fundamental rights to all its citizens including the right to freedom of religion. We do not see the locus standi of a foreign entity like USCIRF to pass its judgment and comment on the state of Indian citizens' constitutionally protected rights.

We look forward to continuing working with the United States Government for sharing of experience and best practice on all issues of mutual interest under the established bilateral mechanisms like the India-United States Global Issues Forum.