The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom issues an annual report summarizing the state of religious liberty around the globe.
The USCIRF recently highlighted 27 nations. It recommended that the State Department designate 13 nations, those responsible for “particularly severe” violations of religious liberty, as “countries of particular concern” (CPCs). The Commission named another 11 states to its “Watch List” for engaging in “serious violations” and thus deserving close monitoring. Another three were cited for tolerating abuses and thus were deemed to warrant attention. The State Department tends to follow most USCIRF recommendations, but often with a political twist: in January it provided waivers for Saudi Arabia, America’s number one source of oil, and Uzbekistan, seen by Washington as an important military partner.
The Commission’s recommended CPCs are Burma, North Korea, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, China, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.
These are merely the worst persecutors. The Commission placed on its Watch List Afghanistan, Belarus, Cuba, Egypt, Indonesia, Laos, Russia, Somalia, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Venezuela.
Finally, the USCIRF pointed to Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, and Sri Lanka as worthy of scrutiny. All have hosted threats to religious liberty and sometimes tolerated violence against religious believers.
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Hele listen fremstilles selvfølgelig uden at nævne ‘i’- og ‘m’-ordet. Selvom lande hvor ‘i’ regerer udgør flertallet af nævnte lande. Bemærk iøvrigt Indonesien, der i disse dage fremhæves af DDR-P1 som et ‘muslimsk demokrati’. Som DDR i udsendelserne fremhæver – det gør det sværere at udtale, at islam er uforenligt med demokrati.