The United States has placed China and Pakistan on a special surveillance list of 10 countries for taking away religious freedom

Bangla Hunt Desk: The United States has added Pakistan and China to its list of “countries of concern” for alleged intentional and arrogant violations of religious freedom. The U.S. government took the step on Monday.

At the same time, Pakistan and China were added to the CPC's list of 10 countries by the US State Department that are failing to curb oppression and discrimination against religious groups. It is to be noted that there are always reports of atrocities against the religious minorities of China and Pakistan.

In an official statement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Myanmar, China, Eritrea, Iran, Nigeria, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan have been added to the CPC list under the International Religious Freedom Act (1997).

Pompeo added that Comoros, Cuba, Nicaragua and Russia have been placed on a special watch list. There have been serious allegations of religious freedom violations in these countries as well. He said the United States will continue to work to end religious abuse and oppression around the world and ensure that everyone has the right to live in accordance with the dictates of conscience.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, too Additionally, al-Shabab, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Houthi, ISIS, ISIS-Greater Sahara, ISIS-West Africa, Jamaat-e-Nasr al-Islam wal-Muslimeen, and the Taliban's 2017 Frank and Wolf International Religious Listed as a “particularly concerned organization” under the Independence Act.

He added that Sudan and Uzbekistan had been removed from the special monitoring list in light of the significant progress made by their governments in the past year.