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US blacklists Nigeria for violating religious freedom

The Donald Trump administration in the United States of America has designated Nigeria as a Country of Particular Concern (CPC) for violations of religious freedom, one of 10 highlighted by the State Department for failing to stem the persecution and discrimination of faith groups.
The Hill reports that Nigeria is the first democracy to be labeled a CPC for “particularly severe” violations of religious freedom, a designation that opens it up to economic sanctions.

Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said that Nigeria and nine others were being singled out “for engaging in or tolerating ‘systematic, ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom.’ “
“The United States will continue to work tirelessly to end religiously motivated abuses and persecution around the world, and to help ensure that each person, everywhere, at all times, has the right to live according to the dictates of conscience,” Pompeo said in a statement, on Monday.

Written by ExpressDay

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