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China listed among world’s 13 egregious religious freedom violators


(TibetanReview.net, May 03, 2009) — The US Commission on International Religious Freedom, has, in its annual report, named China, along with Myanmar, North Korea, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam, as "egregious" violators of religious freedom. The report, released May 1, recommended that the Obama administration designate them as "countries of particular concern" or CPC.

A CPC designation gives Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "a range of specific policy options to address serious violations of religious freedom." It requires the secretary of state "to enter into direct consultations with a government to find ways to bring about improvements in the respect for religious freedom."

The report covers the period May 2008 through April. The commission was created by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.

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