Tuesday, April 23, 2013

USCIRF Wants U.S. At United Nations To Focus On Religious Freedom Violations In 5 Countries

Yesterday the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom released the text of a letter that the Commission has recently sent to Secretary of State John Kerry urging the U.S. to raise specific issues during the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review this month. USCIRF wants the U.S. to  question violations of religious freedom and human rights in Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Russia, Azerbaijan, and Bangladesh.


Bill said...

I'm curious as to how they chose those countries. All are worthy candidates, but religious oppression is arguably more severe in Saudi Arabia, Somalia, the Maldives, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Gaza and the Palestinian Authority, North Korea and Eritrea, and is rapidly deteriorating in Egypt. Do they think that these are the countries with the worst record? Do they think that they are the most likely to respond to pressure? Is the choice based on US strategic interests?

Howard Friedman said...

Bill-- Under the Human Rights Council's procedures, only 48 countries per year are reviewed. The ones chosen by USCIRF are among this year's countries.-- HMF