The independent U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom said the Obama administration must step up to protect religious freedoms abroad.
In its 2010 report, the commission lists 13 "countries of particular concern": Burma, North Korea, Nigeria, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, China, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
"We're completely neglecting religious freedom in countries that tend to be petri dishes for extremism," said commission chair Leonard Leo. "This invariably leads to trouble for us."
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