The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Freedom wanes

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recommended that 16 countries be cited for severe violations of religious freedom. The State Department’s “Countries of Particular Concern” list has remained static since 2006 with eight countries: Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Uzbekistan. The commission criticized the government’s unchanged list and the sanctions imposed on the countries, claiming such measures have “provided little incentive for CPC-designated governments to reduce or halt egregious violations of religious freedom.” The commission recommended that the list also include Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Vietnam, Egypt and Syria, Iraq, Nigeria and Tajikistan.


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