Pakisan termed as the “worst” country in terms of religious freedom

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Seeing escalating, plight of religious minorities in Pakistan, UNCIRF terms the country as worst in terms of religious freedom.

Details have that, the United Nations Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), has termed Pakistan as the worst country in the world in terms of religious freedom. Citing recent trend in persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan, the US government is urged to designate Pakistan as ‘country of particular concern’ (CPC) status.

Robert George, Chairman of the US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), said “The just-released IRF (International Religious Freedom) Report leaves no doubt that the egregious nature of the violations in Pakistan warrant a CPC designation.”

Any country or government which “engages in or tolerates,” organized violations of religious freedom which are frequent and egregious; are designated as “Country of Particular Concern, CPC.” In accordance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (IRFA) the United States yearly designates “countries of particular concern” or CPCs. Additionally, US is bound to take action to support progress in every country which has been designated as a CPC country.

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Robert George urged that the US State Department should widen its CPC list in order to mirror the brutal violations of religious freedom happening in seven other countries, including Pakistan, which “USCIRF has called the worst situation in the world for religious freedom for countries.” Nonetheless, Pakistan has not been designated by the US government as CPC.

“Now that the IRF Report has been released, the next step is for the State Department to promptly designate the worst violators as CPCs and to leverage those designations to press for much-needed reforms in those countries,” Robert George said.

Previously, seeing the deteriorating situations, the US State Department in July 2014, designated nine countries as CPCs. These countries included, : Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

US State Department’s 2014 International Religious Freedom stated that “Pakistan government’s general failure to investigate, arrest, or prosecute those responsible for religious freedom abuses promoted an environment of impunity that fostered intolerance and acts of violence, according to domestic and international human rights organisations.”