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Senator Rick Santorum Comments on Religious Freedom

U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Issues List of 2006 Countries of Particular Concern

May 4, 2006

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, made a statement regarding the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) 2006 recommendations to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on “countries of particular concern” or CPCs.
“The Countries of Particular Concern recommended for designation by the USCIRF are recognized as countries that are ruled by governments that ignore and violate the universal right of every individual to freedom of religion or belief. I strongly urge Secretary Rice and the State Department to thoroughly review these recommendations and ensure that the United States is doing everything in our power to promote freedom of religion, both in these nations and throughout the world.
“I commend USCIRF for its works on this very important report. Freedom of religion is one of the most fundamental rights of all humans. Senator Santorum also introduced the Workplace Religious Freedom Act in March 2005.
The Commission’s recommendations for CPC designation for 2006 are: Burma , Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ( North Korea ), Eritrea , Iran , Pakistan , People’s Republic of China , Saudi Arabia , Sudan , Turkmenistan , Uzbekistan , and Vietnam . The Commission has also established a Watch List of countries consisting of: Afghanistan , Bangladesh , Belarus , Cuba , Egypt , Indonesia , and Nigeria . The Commission is closely monitoring the situations in India , Russia , Sri Lanka , and Iraq .