Iran and Saudi Arabia with worst religious intolerance

King Abdullah and Ahamdinejad offers no religious freedom
King Abdullah and Ahamdinejad offers no religious freedom

WASHINGTON: Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey is on an annual list of countries that names the worst violators of religious freedom. The list is expanded to include two new countries – Iraq and Nigeria – announced a U.S. government body on Friday.

This year, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) recommended to the Obama administration a total of 13 countries that it should designate as “countries of particular concern” (CPCs).

Included in this year’s report, which covers the period from May 2008 through April, are: Burma, North Korea, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, China, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.

On the commission’s Watch List, meanwhile, are Afghanistan, Belarus, Cuba, Egypt, Indonesia, Laos, Russia, Somalia, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Venezuela.

Iraq was added in December because of the ongoing, severe abuses against minorities and the government’s tolerance of the violence, particularly against Iraq’s “smallest and most vulnerable” religious minorities, including Chaldo Assyrians and other Christian groups.

The commission highlighted the dangerous situation in Pakistan, where Taliban extremists are strengthening and expanding its grip. The Taliban’s growth in strength coupled with continuous persecution of religious minorities caused the commission to renew its call for the State Department to designate Pakistan as a CPC. “We are releasing this report at a critical time,” said Felice D. Gaer, chair of USCIRF, at the opening of the press conference on Friday.

«With Taliban associated extremists advancing to within 60 miles of Pakistani capital Islamabad, the relevance of our work is crystal clear. In fact, a key focus of the commission during this reporting period is the threat that religious extremists poses to freedom of thought, conscience, religion and belief worldwide, and to global and regional security» she said.

Prodromou noted how women and girls in Taliban-controlled areas are denied equal rights and education.


My comment: Its not a surprise, that these nations have one thing in common. They are befriending the Iranian President Ahmadinejad.

Just take a look:

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4 thoughts on “Iran and Saudi Arabia with worst religious intolerance

  1. Progress! Progress!
    ” Saudi Arabia may ban marriage for girls below 18, a government minister said after a case of an eightـyear old girl marrying a man more than 40 years her senior drew international criticism and embarrassed the kingdom. “Among the options that are available and excluding the issue of puberty, is to ban marriage for (people) under 18,” Justice Minister Mohammad AlـEissa told Asharq AlـAwsat newspaper. “

    1. Thanks Michael. We are not biased. We rejoice with the people of Saudi Arabia for any improvement. It cant get much worse than it is.

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