The United States’ Department of State re-designated Pakistan on a watch-list of countries deemed involved in persecution and discrimination on the basis of religion or belief.
According to a press release issued by the state department, the US government identified Pakistan as a “Country of Particular Concern” for having engaged in or tolerated “systematic, ongoing, [and] egregious violations of religious freedom”.
“On December 18, 2019, the Department of State re-designated Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan as Countries of Particular Concern,” Pompeo said in the statement.
“The Department renewed the placement of Comoros, Russia, and Uzbekistan on a Special Watch List (SWL) for governments that have engaged in or tolerated “severe violations of religious freedom, and added Cuba, Nicaragua, Nigeria, and Sudan to this list,” he added.
“Finally, we designated al-Nusra Front, al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula, al-Qa’ida, al-Shabab, Boko Haram, the Houthis, ISIS, ISIS-Khorasan, and the Taliban as Entities of Particular Concern,” Pompeo said in the statement.
“The protection of religious freedom is a top Trump Administration foreign policy priority. Persecution and discrimination on the basis of religion or belief exists in every region of the world,” the US said. “The United States continues to work diligently to promote religious freedom and combat abuses. These recent designations continue that important work,” the statement of the state department added.
In the newly released listing, the US renewed the placement of Comoros, Russia, and Uzbekistan on a Special Watch List (SWL) of violators of religious freedoms, and added Cuba, Nicaragua, Nigeria, and Sudan to it.
“Sudan was moved to the SWL due to significant steps taken by the civilian-led transitional government to address the previous regime’s violations of religious freedom,” the state department said. “Our actions have been, and will continue to be, consistent with our position on religious freedom. No country, entity, or individual should be able to persecute people of faith without accountability,” the state department maintained.
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