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15 nations named ‘particularly serious’ religious-freedom violators

May 02, 2014

In its newly released annual report, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is urging the State Department to designate or redesignate 15 nations as “countries of particular concern” (CPCs) because they are nations “where particularly severe violations of religious freedom are tolerated or perpetrated.”

Eight of the nations-- Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Uzbekistan-- are currently designated as CPCs. The seven other nations are Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Vietnam.

The commission also found that Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Laos, Malaysia, Russia, and Turkey have “governments that engage in or tolerate violations that are serious, but which are not CPC-level violators.”


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  • Posted by: tturner3998 - May. 02, 2014 6:56 PM ET USA

    Islam and communism. Two surprises.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - May. 02, 2014 7:03 AM ET USA

    A quick count tells me that all but 3 of the 15 CPCs are "the usual suspects." Of the 10 nations that tolerate serious violations, 6 are also "the usual suspects." It is telling that of approximately 200 independent nations where several major religions are practiced, those dominated by Islam regularly take the honors in this contest of shame.