US’ Int’l Religious Freedom Report condemns Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and China
-By Adam McManus (Adam@TheWorldview.com)
Int’l Religious Freedom Report condemns Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and China
On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of State published their International Religious Freedom Report for 2020, outlining the status of religious freedom and persecution around the world. In the report, the State Department condemned countries like Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and China for their continued abuses and ensured that the United States would continue to address religious freedom issues abroad.
During a press conference on the publication, Secretary of State Antony Blinken highlighted the importance of the report.
BLINKEN: “Religious freedom is a human right; in fact, it goes to the heart of what it means to be human. … Religious freedom, like every human right is universal. All people, everywhere, are entitled to it no matter where they live, what they believe, or what they don’t believe.”
One country of note in the report was India, which was recommended by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom to be designated as a Country of Particular Concern for religious freedom violations. Although the State Department declined to make such a designation for the South Asian nation, the report highlighted continued persecution in India. The State Department cited police corruption and COVID-19 lockdowns on religious minorities.
Additionally, the report outlined religious freedom concerns in Turkey, a key ally that the Biden administration has begun to pressure regarding its treatment of Christians, like blocking entry for long-time Turkish residents affiliated with Protestant Turkish churches.
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