Countries designated as countries of particular concern are often implicated in serious violations of religious freedom.
Besides China, Russia, Iran, Myanmar and North Korea have also been included in this list.
The Wagner Group named for its activities in the Central African Republic
Washington. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday that the United States has designated China, Iran and Russia as countries of particular concern under the Religious Freedom Act for serious violations. According to a report by Reuters news agency, Blinken said in a statement that countries designated as countries of particular concern are often implicated in serious religious freedom violations. Besides China, Russia, Iran, Myanmar and North Korea have also been included in the list of these countries. While Algeria, Central African Republic, Comoros and Vietnam have been placed on the watch list.
The Wagner Group, which has a private army, was also included in this list. Wagner is a private paramilitary organization active in Syria, Africa and Ukraine. Several groups, including this paramilitary organization, have also been designated as special interest entities. Blinken explained that the Wagner Group was named for its activities in the Central African Republic. Meanwhile, he said that all over the world, governments and non-governmental elements are harassing, threatening, imprisoning and even killing people based on their beliefs.
The plight of minorities in Iran
The report indicates that the Baha’i community is one of the most harshly persecuted religious minorities in Iran. America believes there has been an increase in arrests on the basis of religion in Iran this year. Besides Christian converts and atheists, Sunni Muslims are also persecuted in Iran. More than 300 people have been killed and 14,000 arrested in the violence that has erupted since the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurd from the country’s minority community.
Tags: China, Iran, Burma, religious bigotry
FIRST POST: 03 December 2022, 10:57 IST