How US govt excludes Nigeria from Religious Violators’ List
How US govt excludes Nigeria from Religious Violator’s List . The United States has removed Nigeria from its list of religious violators, and blacklisted Russia, China and eight others as countries of ”particular concern” for having engaged in or tolerated ‘systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom.’
US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, disclosed this yesterday in a statement, titled ”Religious Freedom Designations. The US had in 2020 placed Nigeria and six other countries on its special watch list of states that had engaged in or tolerated severe violation of religious freedom.
The country was, however, missing from the list of countries designated in the 2021 list for religious violations.
Blinken, who is currently in Kenya on an official visit, is scheduled to physically visit Nigeria this week and meet with President Muhammadu Buhari and other members of his cabinet.
The statement read: “The United States will not waiver in its commitment to advocate freedom of religion or belief for all and in every country. “In far too many places around the world, we continue to see governments harass, arrest, threaten, jail, and kill individuals simply for seeking to live their lives in accordance with their beliefs.
“This administration is committed to supporting every individual’s right to freedom of religion or belief, including by confronting and combating violators and abusers of this human right.
“Each year, the Secretary of State has the responsibility to identify governments and non-state actors, who, because of their religious freedom violations, merit designation under the International Religious Freedom Act.
“I am designating Burma, the People’s Republic of China, Eritrea, Iran, the DPRK, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan as Countries of Particular Concern for having engaged in or tolerated “systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom.”