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ICC Note: United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) head Robert George told Congress that the U.S. should prioritize refugee asylum cases for people fleeing genocide. The chairman noted that security concerns remain regarding refugees from Islamic-State (IS)-dominated regions in the Middle East. Meanwhile, Eritrean refugees remain forgotten in the discussion. Christian migrants escaping the repressive East African authoritarian regime make up a large number of the third-largest flow of escapees flooding across the Mediterranean for Europe. Eritrea represents on of the most difficult places on earth to follow Christ. The government arbitrarily arrests Christians, subjecting them to torture, including imprisonment inside metal shipping containers where they suffer extreme temperature fluctuations, according to USCIRF.

By Lauretta Brown

4/23/16 Eritrea ( – Robert P. George, chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), told a congressional commission on Tuesday that the United States should give the highest priority to refugees “who are vulnerable to genocide, enslavement, murder, torture.”

The U.S. government has declared that Christians and other religious minorities in Syria are being targeted for genocide by the Islamic State.

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