The United States Commission on Religious Freedom has released a report highlighting Countries of Particular Concern with regards to religious freedom. From Asia, countries such as China, Vietnam, and Myanmar are ranked as a Country of Particular Concern right along with North Korea. Indonesia, Laos, and Malaysia were ranked as Tier 2 by the report. The report holds that religious freedom is a “basic human right.” This report is an effort by USCIRF to expose the deteriorating religious rights even in countries that claim to grant religious freedom. To download the report please follow the link below.
4/26/2017 (USCIRF) – The state of affairs for international religious freedom is worsening in both the depth and breadth of violations. The blatant assaults have become so frightening—attempted genocide, the slaughter of innocents, and wholesale destruction of places of worship—that less egregious abuses go unnoticed or at least unappreciated. Many observers have become numb to violations of the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion. Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights defines this right to include freedom to change one’s religion or belief, and freedom—either alone or in community with others and in public or private—to manifest one’s religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance.