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State of religious freedom

Nearly half of the world's governments "either abuse religious minorities or did not intervene in cases of societal abuse," Ambassador-at-Large Suzan Johnson Cook said about the 2011 International Religious Freedom Report.

Issued by the State Department, the report noted an increase in blasphemy laws and restrictions on faith practices.

Christians in Egypt, Tibetan Buddhists in China and Baha'is in Iran go without religious rights, and people are killed and imprisoned for blasphemy (or criticizing blasphemy laws) in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia, the report said.


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