17 nations named ‘particularly severe’ religious-freedom violators



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ABSTRACT17 nations named ‘particularly severe’ religious-freedom violators : News Headlines - Catholic Culture Subscribe Log in CatholicCulture Advanced Search News Commentary Liturgical Year Resource Center About Donate eBooks Latest Headlines Most Important Most Popular This Week This Month Archives About CWN On the Culture On the News In Depth Analysis The City Gates Insights Reviews On the Good Most Popular Archives Today Blog May Calendar May Overview Easter Overview Prayers Activities Recipes Library Website Reviews What You Need to Know Catholic Dictionary Catechism Church Fathers Most Collection Mission Leadership History Donor Information Boosters Rogues' Gallery Help/FAQ Advertise Contact We'll receive a $25,000 grant if others match it by Pentecost. $19,778 to go. Your gift will be doubled! Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org 17 nations named ‘particularly severe’ religious-freedom violators Catholic World News - May 01, 2015 In its newly released annual report, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is urging the State Department to designate or redesignate 17 nations as “countries of particular concern” (CPCs) because they are nations in which “particularly severe violations of religious freedom are perpetrated or tolerated.” The nations are Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, the Central African Republic, Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria, Tajikistan, and Vietnam. The federal commission found that ten other nations-- Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Laos, Malaysia, Russia, and Turkey-- “engage in or tolerate violations that are serious but not CPC-level.” In addition, the commission expressed concern about the state of religious freedom in Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Cyprus, Kyrgyzstan, and Sri Lanka. “All nations should care about abuses beyond their borders not only for humanitarian reasons but because what goes on in other nations rarely remains there,” said Katrina Lantos Swett, who chairs the commission. “In the long run, there is only one permanent guarantor of the safety, security and survival of the persecuted and vulnerable. It is the full recognition of religious freedom.” Additional sources for this story Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window. USCIRF Issues its 2015 Annual Report (USCIRF) An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus: Dear re.......