USCIRF Releases 2018 Annual Report: Six African Countries in the Spotlight

April 27, 2018

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released its 2018 Annual Report, documenting religious freedom violations and progress in 28 countries during calendar year 2017 and making recommendations to the U.S. government.

In the 16 “countries of particular concern”(CPCs), 4 are from the African continent – Eritrea, Sudan, Central African Republic, and Nigeria. Egypt fell into the “countries of particular concern” category and and al-Shabaab in Somalia in the “entities of particular concern” one. 

“Sadly, religious freedom conditions deteriorated in many countries in 2017, often due to increasing authoritarianism or under the guise of countering terrorism,” said USCIRF Chairman Daniel Mark. “Yet there is also reason for optimism 20 years after the passage of the International Religious Freedom Act. The importance of this foundational right is appreciated more now than ever, and egregious violations are less likely to go unnoticed.”

The report can be downloaded – here.

The original press release article from USCIRF can be found – here.