Washington D.C., Mar 20, 2016 / 04:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- India is making a mistake in refusing to issue visas to a U.S. international religious freedom organization, said religious liberty advocates and experts specializing in the South Asian country.
“This is a missed opportunity for India and for religious freedom. We had hoped to travel there for some time because of the growing concerns about religious freedom in India. We wanted to go there and assess the situation and learn the facts on the ground,” said Katrina Lantos Swett, president of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
Swett was responding to India’s recent decision to not issue visas to the commission for an upcoming trip.
“It is a disappointment to many people because India is a vibrant and pluralistic democracy. It is an incredibly important and significant country – one that is committed in its own Constitution to provide for freedom of conscience and belief. It is very unfortunate they made this decision,” she told CNA March 17.