The Joe Biden administration has put China, Pakistan, and 10 others on the list of countries violating religious freedom in 2022. These countries are not only suppressing religious freedom, but are not at all serious about stopping such cases. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement, 'Today I am under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 Burma, People's Republic of China, Cuba, Eritrea, Iran, Nicaragua, DPRK, Pakistan, Russia, announcing Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan as serious violators in the list of countries of particular concern. Along with this, I am also putting Algeria, the Central African Republic, Comoros, and Vietnam on a special watch list for engaging in or ignoring serious violations of religious freedom.
Attack on Taliban and Russian paramilitary force
The United States has also designated nine groups including the Taliban and the Russian paramilitary organization Wagner Group as entities of particular concern. Antony Blinken further added, 'I support al-Shabaab, Boko Haram, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Huthi, ISIS-Greater Sahara, ISIS-West Africa, Jama'at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimeen, Taliban and Wagner Group in the Central African Republic. Nominating as entities of special concern. Blinken said that the governments and non-state actors here are not only committing excesses on people on the basis of their religious beliefs, but in many cases they also kill them. He said, 'In some cases, they strangle people's freedom of religion or belief for political gains. Their nefarious acts are not only divisive but also pose a serious threat to political stability and peace.
America Against Religious Persecution or Discrimination
The US Secretary of State said that their names have been announced keeping in mind American values and interests to advance human rights around the world while defending national security. He said the United States will continue to carefully monitor the status of freedom of religion or belief in every country around the world and advocate for those facing religious persecution or discrimination. He said, 'We regularly convey our concerns to the countries concerned about the limitation of freedom of religion or belief. Even if those countries are not included in the list of countries that violate religious freedom.