The U.S. adds Russia to the list of countries that have committed “serious violations of religious freedom”

The U.S. adds Russia to the list of countries that have committed "serious violations of religious freedom"

The U.S. has added Russia to the list of countries that have committed “serious violations of religious freedom,” according to a statement by U.S. Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo.

The United States has taken steps to address religious freedom violators. This was stated in a statement issued by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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

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

“Al Shabaab, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the Husites, EGIL, EGIL-Bolshaya Sahara, EGIL-Western Africa, Jamaat Nasr al-Islam al-Muslimin and the Taliban have also been added to the list as subjects of particular concern under the Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act 2016.

“I am pleased to report that Sudan and Uzbekistan have been removed from the special list based on significant, concrete progress made by their respective governments over the past year. Their bold reforms of their laws and practices serve as a model for other countries,” said Mike Pompeo.

The paper notes that the United States will continue to work “to end religious abuse and persecution around the world and to ensure that everyone, everywhere and at all times, has the right to live by the dictates of their conscience.