Fourteen U.S. Senators Sign Letter Calling on Pompeo to Add India to

Image depicts Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Ambassador-At-Large for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback at the International Religious Freedom Alliance dinner at the Department of State in Washington, D.C., on February 5, 2020. [State Department photo by Ron Przysucha/Public Domain]
Fourteen U.S. senators recently endorsed a letter calling on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to add India to the State Department’s Country of Particular Concern (CPC) list.

In a document signed by ten Republican and four Democratic senators, the Coalition to Stop Genocide in India asks Pompeo to hold India accountable for “systematic, ongoing, and egregious religious freedom violations, as defined by the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA),” Indicanews reports.

If Secretary Pompeo chooses not to make the CPC designation, CSGI urges him to explain his reasoning to Congress:

“There is strong bipartisan Congressional support for holding India accountable for its escalating violence against its principal minorities, the Muslims and Christians. The U.S. Government must designate India a CPC.”

“What they’re trying to do is shine a light on the persecution that’s taking place in India,” says Todd Nettleton, Voice of the Martyrs USA spokesman. Citing “escalating violence” against India’s religious minorities, the letter calls upon officials to implement USCIRF recommendations outlined here.

“The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom looks at religious freedom around the world, and they make recommendations to the State Department as far as which countries should be Countries of Particular Concern,” Nettleton explains.

“The State Department [decides] to act on those recommendations or not act on them.”

Attacks against Christians have more than doubled in five years. Persecution rates spiked following Prime Minister Modi’s appointment in 2014, and they’ve only continued to increase. Read our past coverage here.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

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