Shock and disbelief follow the United States Countries of Particular Concern (CPC) announcement. Released each year by the State Department, the CPC list identifies the world’s worst religious freedom offenders.
“There were surprises” in this year’s list, Todd Nettleton with The Voice of the Martyrs USA says.
“Nigeria and India were not given CPC designations, something the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has responded to. Frankly, I find it even more surprising that Afghanistan was not given a CPC designation; the government is the Taliban.”
The USCIRF issued a strongly-worded press release condemning India and Nigeria’s exclusion from the CPC list:
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) finds it inexplicable that the U.S. Department of State did not include Nigeria or India in its latest designations of “Countries of Particular Concern” (CPCs) under the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA), turning a blind eye to both countries’ particularly severe religious freedom violations.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask the Lord to strengthen and sustain persecuted Christians in CPC countries.