More countries deserve 'Particular Concern' designation

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
 | 
Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

North Korea flagThe State Department has named 10 countries as the worst violators of religious freedom around the world but a U.S. official wishes there were more.

It was the first time for the Trump administration to make this annual naming of "Countries of Particular Concern" (CPCs) which are Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

Daniel Mark, chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, calls the annual designation a "key step" to support religious freedom internationally. But he adds that he was hoping to see the Trump administration name more countries.

"I wouldn't want to go overboard criticizing them this year for not doing better given that it's the first time," he clarifies. "But I would certainly say that given everything we've seen, it was a little bit disappointing to get mostly the same."

Tillerson and Chinese presidentOne positive, he says, was that Pakistan was named to a new category called the "Special Watch List" which he likens to a warning from the State Department.

"And if things improve we can take you off the list," he says of the designation. "But if things continue to regress or devolve, then you're going up to CPC."

Mark says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (pictured above, with China's president) should have also designated the Central African Republic, Nigeria, Russia, Syria, and Vietnam.

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

What happens when educational institutions publicly "repent" of past sins like racism and slavery?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

White House digs in on border wall demand, risking shutdown
Giuliani: ‘Over my dead body’ will Mueller interview Trump
Bomb kills 8 in Syrian town held by Turkey-backed forces
Strasbourg remembers victims of the Christmas market attack
Germany sees notable drop in asylum applications in 2018
Trump visits Arlington cemetery for holiday commemoration

LATEST FROM THE WEB

YouTube censors video exposing anti-Semitism
Campus memorial for Pittsburgh synagogue victims vandalized with pro-Palestinian propaganda
Megachurch pastor buys his wife $200,000 Lamborghini
Another RINO bites the dust
Middle schooler arrested for too many absences

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
Polish legislation provokes Israeli outrage

Buchenwald (b&w photo)A diplomatic crisis developed over the weekend between Poland and Israel – and prime ministers from both countries are trying to resolve it.