US State Department finds 'noteworthy' religious-freedom violations in 30 nations [CWN]

The United States State Department has released its annual report on international religious freedom. The report found that “violations of religious freedom have been noteworthy” in 30 …


Interesting reading. The lists of countries are given in regional and alphabetical order, not in order of violations of religious freedom.

A few excerpts:

North Korea: “The Constitution provides for “freedom of religious belief.” However, in practice the Government severely restricted religious activity, except that which was supervised tightly by officially recognized groups linked to the Government. Genuine religious freedom does not exist.”

Vietnam: “The Constitution provides for freedom of worship; however, government restrictions remained on the organized activities of many religious groups.”

Saudi Arabia: “Freedom of religion is neither recognized nor protected under the law and is severely restricted in practice. The country is a monarchy and the King is head of both state and Government. The legal system is based on the Government’s official application of Islamic laws. Sunni Islam is the official religion.”

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