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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: World’s Worst Violators

The majority of the world’s worst violators of religious freedom are found in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, according to a report from the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. With the exception of Cuba — the only majority Christian country listed other than Russia — all the countries identified as the worst offenders are located in the Eastern Hemisphere.

Some of these violations include torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment; prolonged detention without charges; causing the disappearance of persons by the abduction or clandestine detention of those persons; or other flagrant denial of the right to life, liberty, or the security of persons, the report says.

The 16 countries designated as “countries of particular concern” for 2019 are: Myanmar, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Russia, Syria, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.   

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