Mission Network News is sharing some thoughts about the 2010 Report on International Religious Freedom report that was just recently released. Click here for the full report.
Here's some of what our friends at MNN have noticed about this years report.
USA (MNN) ― The United States government released its annual International Religious Freedom Report yesterday. According to one Christian persecution watch ministry, there isn't a lot of new information. Also, the report was absent a new list.
Advocacy Director for Open Doors USA Lindsay Vessey says, "The Countries of Particular Concern has yet to be nominated. Now sometimes they release the report and then they make those designations later. But what's particularly concerning is that the last designations for these countries were made in January 2009, which means they're expiring this January."
Vessey says she's also concerned about something else. "They haven't really designated anything different for several years. They kind of keep stating the same ones. We haven't seen really any additions."
Those that make 'the list' are supposed to get U.S. attention. "They're supposed to work with these countries to improve that state of religious freedom. They can do things like impose different kinds of sanctions, and they can work together to make an agreement to improve religious freedom. But not a whole lot of news things have been done."
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