US State Department publishes list of countries that violate religious freedoms

US State Department publishes list of countries that violate religious freedoms

The U.S. State Department has identified Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, Nigeria, DPRK, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan as countries of particular concern due to violations of citizens’ religious freedoms. The statement was published on the State Department website on December 7.

The list of countries in which religious freedom is violated is based on the 1998 U.S. International Religious Freedom Act.

“We are also placing Comoros, Cuba, Nicaragua and Russia on a special list to monitor governments that have participated in or tolerated serious violations of religious freedom,” it said.

The State Department has listed Al-Shabaab, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Jamaat Nasr al-Islam val Muslim, ISIL and the Taliban as terrorist groups.

“The U.S. will continue to work tirelessly to end religious abuse and persecution around the world and to ensure that everyone, everywhere at all times, has the right to live by the dictates of their conscience,” the statement said.