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International Religious Freedom

The International Religious Freedom report is submitted to Congress annually by the State Dept., supplementing the most recent Human Rights Reports by providing detailed information on religious freedom. It includes country chapters on the status of religious freedom worldwide.

Highlights of the 2010 edition:

Recommends the State Dept. designate 5 additional "countries of particular concern," CPCs, for egregious violations of religious freedom - Iraq, Nigeria,Pakistan, Turkmenistan, and Vietnam;

Recommends 8 countries be re-designated as CPCs - Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Uzbekistan - and that additional actions are taken;

Documents violations of religious freedom in countries placed on the USCIRF Watch List and urges increased U.S. government response;

Highlights efforts of some member states at the United Nations to undermine religious freedom standards through the flawed "defamation of religions" concept; and

Discusses measures still required to address flaws in U.S. policy regarding expedited removal of asylum seekers."

The full report is here.

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