October 3, 2002

Please ignore our President putting fundies in charge of everything.

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom has recommended that 12 nations be designated as 'Countries of Particular Concern' under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. The independent federal agency told Secretary of State Colin Powell that Burma (Myanmar), the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, India, Iran, Iraq, Laos, Pakistan, People's Republic of China, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, and Vietnam have engaged in or tolerated particularly severe violations of religious freedom. The Act allows the US President to take a range of actions, ranging from absolutely nothing to diplomatic and economic sanctions.

The designation of countries of particular concern is one of the most important human rights acts taken by any U.S. administration, said Commission Chair Felice D. Gaer. The IRFA requires the U.S. to oppose these egregious and systematic violations, whether the government itself commits them or tolerates them. We hope to see actions commensurate with the severity of these abuses.

A "Watch List" of countries causing concern has also been created - Egypt, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Uzbekistan. Commission Recommends 12 Nations for Designation As 'Countries of Particular Concern' - USCIRF Press Release, September 30th 2002.

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