$31,352 to go to meet our Challenge Grant, by December 1st. Your gift now will count twice!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Religious freedom: State Dept. cites 8 ‘countries of particular concern’

Catholic World News - September 27, 2011

In its recently-released July-December 2010 International Religious Freedom Report, the US State Department has designated eight nations as “countries of particular concern” (CPCs) because of egregious violations of religious freedom.

The eight are Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Uzbekistan.

In April, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom had 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 CPCs.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($114,911 to go):
$150,000.00 $35,088.98
77% 23%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 3 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: frjpharrington3912 - Sep. 28, 2011 12:29 AM ET USA

    At a banquet last week I heard Paul Diamond, a pro-family lawyer from England speak about the increasing hostility of the state toward Christians in that country. He cited one case in which the court denied a couple the right to adopt a child because of their homophobic Judeo-Christian beliefs; another case in which a company prohibited its employees from wearing Christian symbols such as cross necklace. Anti-discrimination laws, he said, are being inverted to punish Christians in England.

  • Posted by: claire5327 - Sep. 27, 2011 7:23 PM ET USA

    Soon, The USA will be amoung them!

  • Posted by: Defender - Sep. 27, 2011 12:33 PM ET USA

    I guess taking nine months to compile a report might be a record for the government when all they have to do is follow the news every day. Of course, let's not offend China or Saudi Arabia too much, not that they seem to really care what we or anyone else thinks. One can't help but wonder when countries in the West will make the list. For instance, you can't be a city clerk in NY if you have religious scruples about gay marriage-looking at the list, they probably don't have that problem.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Putting Our Best Foot Forward 15 hours ago
Contentious Spirits, Beware! October 30
And here's another very old story: the secular media don't understand Catholic affairs October 29
How not to be persuasive October 29
Francis the Man, Francis the Pope October 28

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6