USCIRF to Annual Release Religious Freedom Report

Seal of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

A new report tomorrow highlights the countries most guilty of restricting religious freedom.

“It’s kind of a list of the usual suspects,” says Todd Nettleton of Voice of the Martyrs USA.

Tomorrow, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) will release its annual Reports and Recommendations for World’s Most Egregious Violators of Religious Freedom. See the 2019 release here.

Nettleton expects the report to focus on the usual governments most responsible for squelching religious freedom. Countries like North Korea, Iran, Pakistan, and Burma made the list last year.

But Nettleton will be interested to see how the report frames two others: China and India. He says of China, “Think about pastor Wang Yi. The day after Christmas [he was] sentenced to nine years in prison, the longest prison sentence we’ve seen for a Han Chinese pastor in several years. [That] seems to be yet another sign that things are going the wrong direction for religious freedom in China.” Read more about Pastor Wang Yi here.

Of India, Nettleton says, “Some of the things that have happened in Kashmir, and some of the things that have happened with regard to citizenship tests in India in the last year, [will make it] interesting to see how the commission addresses those.” Read more here.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller