US targets 10 countries over religious freedom violations

The US State Department announced that it had re-designated 10 nations as “countries of particular concern” (CPCs) under the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA).

The 10 countries: China, Eritrea, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are accused of having “engaged in or tolerated systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom.” The State Department says that the designation is annually made as a way to encourage other countries to join the US in “upholding high but universal standards.”