Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Each year, the U.S. State Department is required by law to report on religious freedom around the world. The 2011 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom covers the legal status of religious freedom in more than 190 countries and territories. The International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 also mandates the designation of Countries of Particular Concern. Countries of Particular Concern are governments that have engaged in, or tolerated, systematic, ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom. In 2011, the U.S. government has designated eight states as Countries of Particular Concern. They are: Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Uzbekistan. The report documents the violations that have prompted these designations and may be found here.