Religious Freedom Under ‘Sustained Assault’ Around the World: Report

WASHINGTON TIMES — From the Islamic State’s genocide against Christians and others to bigotry against Jews and Muslims in Europe and Beijing’s campaign against churches in China, religious freedom has “been under serious and sustained assault” around the world over the past year, the U.S. government said Monday.

The annual report by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom faulted the usual suspects, including North Korea, Iran and Sudan. But it also leveled previously unseen criticism at some key U.S. allies, such as Egypt, and others with whom the Obama administration has been seeking warmer relations, such as Vietnam.

While Egypt has issued “public statements encouraging religious tolerance and moderation,” the report said Cairo “continue[s] to foster a climate of impunity” by failing to prosecute those responsible for sectarian violence in recent years, particularly violence that was carried out against Coptic Christians in 2013.

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