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Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations (FIACONA)

Pray for a Persecuted Church

FIACONA is a cultural, charitable and voluntary organization based in Washington DC representing the concerns and interests of over 1 million Indian American Christians across all 50 states

To work with the poor and oppressed, to promote human transformation, to seek justice and bear witness to the Good News of Christ.

Protecting the interest of the Christian church in the Union of India is our primary mission.

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ANNOUNCEMENT:

FIACONA has called for a PRAYER & CONSULTATION of clergy and community leaders in the Frisco, TX area (Dallas Metro area) on Monday, December 12 @ 6:30 PM.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss some of the serious concerns raised by our members in the wake of new developments in the area.

If you live in Dallas/Frisco area, please RSVP using the QR code above in the flyer. You can also reach out to your pastor for more information.

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USCIRF Outraged by Omission of Nigeria and India from State Department’s List of Countries of Particular Concern

USCIRF Outraged by Omission of Nigeria and India from State Department’s List of Countries of Particular Concern

Washington, DC – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) finds it inexplicable that the U.S. Department of State did not include Nigeria or India in its latest designations of “Countries of Particular Concern” (CPCs) under the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA), turning a blind eye to both countries’ particularly severe religious freedom violations.

There is no justification for the State Department’s failure to recognize Nigeria or India as egregious violators of religious freedom, as they each clearly meet the legal standards for designation as CPCs. USCIRF is tremendously disappointed that the Secretary of State did not implement our recommendations and recognize the severity of the religious freedom violations that both USCIRF and the State Department have documented in those countries,” said USCIRF Chair Nury Turkel“The State Department’s own reporting includes numerous examples of particularly severe religious freedom violations in Nigeria and India.”

Pursuant to IRFA, the State Department re-designated 10 countries as CPCs—Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. The State Department also added Cuba and Nicaragua to its CPC list, both of which previously had been on the Department’s SWL. In its 2022 Annual Report in April, USCIRF recommended re-designation of the 10 CPC countries, and also recommended CPC designation for Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, Syria, and Vietnam. At that time USCIRF recommended SWL placement for Cuba and Nicaragua based on conditions in those countries in 2021, but the situation in both has deteriorated in 2022.

The State Department placed on its SWL Algeria, the Central African Republic (CAR), Comoros, and Vietnam. USCIRF recommended in its 2022 Annual Report that Algeria and CAR be placed on the SWL, but also that Azerbaijan, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Turkey, and Uzbekistan be included as well.

“USCIRF welcomes the State Department’s recognition of the worsening situations in both Cuba and Nicaragua this year. We also appreciate the State Department’s inclusion this year of CAR and Vietnam on its Special Watch List. While we believe conditions in Vietnam meet the CPC standard, we hope the State Department’s SWL designation will encourage the Vietnamese government to take concrete steps to address longstanding religious freedom concerns,” said USCIRF Vice Chair Abraham Cooper“USCIRF is disappointed that the State Department did not include Afghanistan as a CPC this year. While it did re-designate the Taliban as an ‘entity of particular concern,’ or EPC, that does not reflect the reality that the group is the de facto government of the country.”

The State Department also designated nine EPCs, which are non-state actors that engage in systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom pursuant to IRFA. USCIRF recommended the redesignation of seven of these actors in its 2022 Annual Report: al-Shabaab, Boko Haram, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the Houthis, Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS), Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) (also referred to as ISIS-West Africa), and Jamaat Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM).

Since the issuance of its 2022 Annual Report, USCIRF has consistently shared its recommendations with the U.S. Department of State and Congress. USCIRF’s recent publications include updated reports on Religious Freedom Conditions in IndiaBlasphemy Laws in NigeriaViolence and Religious Freedom in NigeriaReligious Freedom in AfghanistanReligious Freedom in Nicaragua, and Constitutional Reform and Religious Freedom in Cuba. During 2022, USCIRF held hearings on AfghanistanNigeria, and Nicaragua.

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The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is an independent, bipartisan federal government entity established by the U.S. Congress to monitor, analyze, and report on religious freedom abroad. USCIRF makes foreign policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress intended to deter religious persecution and promote freedom of religion and belief. To interview a Commissioner, please contact USCIRF at media@uscirf.gov or Danielle Ashbahian at dashbahian@uscirf.gov.

This post is from https://www.uscirf.gov/

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Protecting the interest of the Christian church in the Union of India is the primary mission of FIACONA.

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The threat to lives and properties of Christian communities in India from political movements, despite having all imaginable protections enshrined in the Constitution of India, remains a serious concern for the Federation.

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