Proverbs 21:30

State Dept. Again Refuses to Highlight Pakistan’s Religious Freedom Abuses Despite USCIRF Recommendation

By Samuel Smith , CP Reporter

People from the Christian community attend a protest to condemn suicide bombings which took place outside two churches in Lahore, Pakistan, March 16, 2015. Suicide bombings outside two churches in Lahore killed 14 people and wounded nearly 80 others during services on Sunday in attacks claimed by a faction of the Pakistani Taliban.

The United States government has again refused to designate Pakistan as a “country of particular concern” for the 14th year in a row despite the fact that religious persecution in the country is reaching ever higher levels.

State Department spokesman John Kirby announced last Friday that Tajikistan has been added to the United States’ list of “countries of particular concern,” a list created under the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA). Tajikistan joins nations like Saudi Arabia, North Korea, China, Eritrea, Iran, Sudan and Uzbekistan as some of the worst religious freedom violators in the world.

Pakistan(Photo: Reuters/Mohsin Raza)Family members touch a coffin of a relative, who was killed in a blast outside a public park on Sunday, during a funeral in Lahore, Pakistan, March 28, 2016.

Kirby gave little explanation as to why those countries made the list and others did not. However, the fact that Pakistan was left off the list ignores the recommendation from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which is a government commission created by the IRFA. USCIRF has called on the U.S. government to label Pakistan as a country of particular concern every year since 2002.




April 21, 2016 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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