The United States added Russia to the list of countries that committed “serious violations of freedom of religion”


The United States has taken steps to address religious freedom abusers. This is stated in the published statement of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, Nigeria, DPRK, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan are included in the list of countries of particular concern for “systematic, ongoing, flagrant violations of religious freedom” under the International Religious Freedom Act 1998 of the year.

“Comoros, Cuba, Nicaragua and Russia are on a special watch list for governments that have committed” serious violations of religious freedom, “the statement said.

Al-Shabaab, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Houthis, ISIS, ISIS-Greater Sahara, ISIS-West Africa, Jamaat Nasr al-Islam wal-Muslimin and The Taliban have also been added to the list as subjects of particular concern under the Frank Wolfe International Religious Freedom Act 2016.

“I am pleased to report that Sudan and Uzbekistan have been delisted on the basis of the significant, concrete progress made by their respective governments over the past year. Their bold reforms to their laws and practices are a role model for other countries, ”said Mike Pompeo.

The document notes that the United States will continue to work “to end religious abuse and persecution around the world, and to ensure that everyone, everywhere, at any time, has the right to live up to their conscience.”

Add a comment