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US commission names 14 worst violators of religious freedom

Catholic World News - April 29, 2011

For the first time, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has listed Egypt among the world’s worst violators of religious freedom.

In its 2011 annual report, the commission recommended that the State Department designate 14 nations--Burma, China, Egypt, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam--as “countries of particular concern” (CPCs).

“CPCs are nations whose conduct marks them as the world’s worst religious freedom violators and human rights abusers," said Leonard Leo, the chairman of the commission. “In the case of Egypt, instances of severe religious freedom violations engaged in or tolerated by the government have increased dramatically since the release of last year’s report, with violence, including murder, escalating against Coptic Christians and other religious minorities. Since President Mubarak’s resignation from office in February, such violence continues unabated without the government’s bringing the perpetrators to justice.”

The commission also named several nations--Afghanistan, Belarus, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Laos, Russia, Somalia, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Venezuela-- to its watch list.

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  • Posted by: frjpharrington3912 - May. 01, 2011 12:51 AM ET USA

    How about the new so-called "Hate Crimes Bill" that President Obama signed into law. In the countries of Great Britain, Canada and Sweden "Hate Crime" laws have been used to fine, arrest and imprison clergy and others for citing the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church's condemnation of homosexuality. Proponents of "Hate Crime" laws are trying to force people to tacitly accept as moral what they know by natural law and believe by divine revelation to be intrinsically immoral.

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