U.S.A. designates Pak., China as countries of particular concern for violation of religious freedom
The Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo, has named ten countries including Pakistan and China, who violate the religious freedom of its people.
Pakistan and China, along with Myanmar, Eritrea, Iran, Nigeria, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, were on the list for engaging in or tolerating outrageous violations of religious freedom.
Comoros, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Russia are on a Special Watch List (SWL) for governments that have engaged in or tolerated severe violations of religious freedom.
Mr. Pompeo said Sudan and Uzbekistan have shown much progress over the past year and have been removed from the Special Watch List.
He also said that the U.S will continue to work to end religiously motivated abuses and killing around the world and will ensure that everyone has a right to live according to their religious beliefs.
The USCIRF recommended that India, Russia, Syria, and Vietnam should be designated as CPCs, but the suggestion was not accepted.