US commission for linking ties with India to religious freedom

WASHINGTON: An influential US commission that advises the president and Congress has strongly criticised persecution of minorities, including Muslims and Christians, in India and recommended to the US government to link trade, aid and diplomatic interaction with India with religious freedom and human rights.

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an independent, bipartisan federal government commission, noted that religious tolerance has deteriorated in India since 2014, noting torture of Muslims cattle traders by the Indian Army and armed Hindu groups.

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