US takes action against countries where religious freedom is violated

China and Pakistan in Religious Freedom Violation list of U.S Current Affairs 2020 #UPSC #IAS

US takes action against countries where religious freedom is violated

US takes action against countries where religious freedom is violated

Russia, along with Uzbekistan and the Comoros, remains on the control list of countries whose authorities commit serious violations of religious freedom

Protecting religious freedom remains one of the foreign policy priorities of the Donald Trump administration. The United States continues to work to protect religious freedoms and combat violations in this area. This is stated in a statement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, released on Friday..

On December 18, the State Department confirmed that Burma (Myanmar), China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan remain on the list of countries of particular concern under the International Religious Freedom Act..

The State Department has left Russia, Uzbekistan, and the Comoros on a checklist of countries whose authorities have committed or have committed serious violations of religious freedom in the past. Cuba, Nicaragua, Nigeria and Sudan were also added to the list this year..

In addition, the terrorist groups Al Nusra, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Al Qaeda, Al Shabab, Boko Haram, Houthis, ISIS, ISIS Khorasan and the Taliban to the list of organizations of particular concern.

In December, the United States also named 68 individuals and entities in nine countries on the Magnitsky list for corruption and human rights abuses. Among them are four senior military personnel in Myanmar responsible for violations of the rights of members of the Rohingya and other religious and ethnic minorities. In October, the United States imposed visa restrictions on representatives of the PRC government and the Chinese Communist Party responsible for the detention and violation of the rights of Uighurs, Kazakhs and other Muslim peoples living in Xinjiang.

“Not a single country, not a single organization or person that persecutes believers will remain unanswered. We have acted and we will continue to do so, ”said Mike Pompeo.

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