Annual Blacklist for Religious Freedom; Pakistan in, India out

The US on Friday gave its 2019 yearly blacklist for religious opportunity violation, keeping Pakistan in it for a second year yet at the same time disregarding India, in spite of it focusing of Muslims over cow slaughter claims, involved Kashmir lock-down and the most recent citizenship follow up on common lines.

Nine countries, including Pakistan, remained on the State Department’s annual list of “countries of particular concern” for having engaged in or tolerated “systematic, ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom”. Sudan is the only nation removed from the blacklist.

Pakistan was assigned in 2018 following quite a while of US dithering over worries on the treatment of minorities. As indicated by the declaration made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Pakistan’s name highlighted in the rundown of nations, which are liable to sanctions over strict freedom.

“On December 18, 2019, the Department of State re-designated Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan as Countries of Particular Concern,” Pompeo said in the statement.

“The Department renewed the placement of Comoros, Russia, and Uzbekistan on a Special Watch List (SWL) for governments that have engaged in or tolerated “severe violations of religious freedom, and added Cuba, Nicaragua, Nigeria, and Sudan to this list,” he added.

“Finally, we designated al-Nusra Front, al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula, al-Qa’ida, al-Shabab, Boko Haram, the Houthis, ISIS, ISIS-Khorasan, and the Taliban as Entities of Particular Concern,” Pompeo said in the statement.

These assignments under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 for “having occupied with or endured deliberate, continuous, horrifying infringement of strict opportunity” underscored the US pledge to secure the individuals who look to practice their opportunity of religion or conviction, Pompeo said.

Rights gatherings and US authorities blame China for detaining in any event one million Uighurs and different Muslims, and US partner Saudi Arabia is in the rundown for following an unbending school of strict idea. Sudan just as Uzbekistan, which was expelled from the boycott in 2018, were kept on the watchlist.

In any case, the ongoing improvements in India, which see a sensational ascent in assaults on Muslims since the Hindu patriot administration of head administrator Narendra Modi came to control, is excluded from the boycott.

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