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US to give $500,000 to any NGO that promotes religious freedom in India

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  1. Agent_47

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    The US has announced a grant of nearly $500,000 for a non-governmental organisation to come up with proposals to develop early warning systems for “reducing religiously-motivated violence and discrimination” in India.

    The US State Department also announced a similar grant for Sri Lanka.

    The Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, in its notice of funding opportunity, said through its $493,827 India programme, it seeks to “reduce religiously-motivated violence and discrimination in India”.

    The State Department said the NGOs applying for the grant should come out with proposals to develop and implement early warning systems to mitigate large-scale violence and implement conflict mitigation programmes between minority and majority groups.

    The applicants also need to come out with ideas for successful programme activities to counter hateful or discriminatory public messages with positive messages.

    They should also have proposals to educate civil society and journalists about legal protections for religious freedom, particularly for members of religious minorities; document and report religious freedom violations to authorities; and educate law enforcement on human rights standards.

    Among other proposals could be ideas to engage law enforcement to better protect rights of religious minorities, including preventing incidents of discrimination and violence and holding perpetrators accountable, the State Department said.

    The State Department did not respond immediately to a set of questions on the necessity of such a grant amounting to nearly $500,000.

    Recipients of grants for India and Sri Lanka would be announced after screening of applications.

    According to the information available on the State Department website, the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor supports over 28 democracy, human rights and labour programmes in South and Central Asia (SCA).

    Current funding for these programmes in South and Central Asia exceeds $17 million.

    Programme topics include media innovation and development, gender advocacy and equality, and improving protections for political, labour and human rights.

    India is not among the countries listed by the State Department as recipient of these funding programmes.

    The countries currently receiving grants from US in the region are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Kazakhastan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

    For Sri Lanka, the State Department notice of funding opportunity said it seeks to ensure that authorities at all levels of government in Sri Lanka effectively implement national laws and policies protecting religious freedom.

    Non-Buddhist religious groups have reported discriminatory restrictions imposed by local government officials on religious minorities, the State Department said.

    In its latest International Religious Freedom report, the State Department said Christian and Muslim activists stated the government was not doing enough to protect them against religiously motivated attacks.

    There were reports of religiously motivated killings, assaults, riots, discrimination, vandalism and actions restricting the right of individuals to practice their religious beliefs and proselytise, it said.

    There was an increase in violent incidents by cow protection groups against mostly Muslim victims, including killings, mob violence, assaults, and intimidation. Hindus threatened and assaulted Muslims and Christians and destroyed their property, it added.

    During his confirmation hearing last month, the new US Ambassador-designate to India, Ken Juster said that human rights and religious freedom would be one of his priority areas during his assignment in New Delhi. Juster was confirmed by the Senate last week.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/india...om-in-india/story-5kO2OE6FqhHrmusoRee5CJ.html
     
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    We should fund internet and traditional media to highlight the religious atrocities in the US. Its a well hidden looooong list. Lets start with:

    A. Shooting up black people while they are praying inside churches.
    B. The rape and desecration of the sacred Black Hills of indigenous peoples (so called Sioux)....

    This is how it looks now:
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    US takes down notification to reward NGOs that promote religious freedom in India

    (Firangis must realise this is not Vatican sarkaar that will compromise India's core interests and hurt Sanatan dharma)

    The US state department has “taken down” a notification it issued earlier this week inviting applications from non-governmental organisations for a grant of nearly $500,000 for projects promoting religious freedom in India.

    “The notification of funding was taken down for a technical review,” a state department spokesperson told Hindustan Times on Friday, but did not offer an explanation for the review or duration.

    The notification, issued earlier in the week by the state department’s bureau of democracy, human rights and labour (DRL), offered a grant of $493,827 for projects in a range of categories, with the stated intention to “reduce religiously-motivated violence and discrimination in India”.

    The announcement had caused caused a stir in New Delhi that has historically ignored remarks, comments and reports on the state of religious freedom in India by the United States, as contained in state department’s annual report on religious freedom around the world.

    “We have seen reports on this issue. We have sought more details,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told reporters at his weekly media briefing.

    “In any case, any such activity in India in this area by anybody has to follow the rules of the land.”

    Indian officials have said, on background, that they were told by their American counterparts that this notification had seemed to be “freelance” work by one or more over-eager state department employee(s), and that they were themselves taken by surprise. that could explain the website take down.

    Irrespective of the party in power, New Delhi is known to react to such moves with irritation — “we don’t lecture you on the state of race relations in the US”, multiple Indian diplomats have said is their internal pushback logic — and it has denied entry to over-eager fact-finders who it believes have no right to stand in judgement on internal affairs of a sovereign nation.

    India has taken the same independent position —irrespective of the party in power — on trade-related issues, the only and main irritation in ties with the United States.

    It doesn’t recognise, for instance, the right of the US trade representative to hold inquisition-style hearings into alleged trade malpractices by trading partners. Other countries testify at these hearings, fielding their top officials such as the their ambassador.
     
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    It means promote Christianity which is dying across the world.
     

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