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Pakistan and China designated among countries of Particular Concern by the USA

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  • December 10, 2020
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Pakistan and China designated among countries of Particular Concern by the USA

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – International Relations

In news

  • Recently, the US State Department has designated Pakistan and China among eight other countries that are of particular concern for violation of religious freedom.

Key takeaways

  • Designation of the CPC is the top tier recommendation by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) when it comes to violation of international religious freedom. 
  • It is followed by Special Watch List Countries for severe violations.
  • Nations on the CPC list: Pakistan, China, Myanmar, Eritrea, Iran, Nigeria, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
  • USCIRF recommendation that India, Russia, Syria and Vietnam be also designated CPCs was not accepted by the US State Department.
  • Governments that have engaged in or tolerated severe violations of religious freedom are included in Special Watch List list.
  • Comoros, Cuba, Nicaragua and Russia are on the list.

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