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Saturday, 21 December 2019

U.S Government places Nigeria on ‘Special Watch List (SWL)’ of countries that tolerate religious persecution

The United States of America Government has added Nigeria to its "Special Watch List (SWL)" of countries that practices or overlooks severe violations of religious freedom".

U.S Government places Nigeria on ?Special Watch List (SWL)? of countries that tolerate religious persecution

Nigeria was added to the SWL after the United States Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) gave a report and recommended that the West African country be added the list of Country of Particular Concern (CPC).

Violent conflicts in Middle-Belt states and infringement of rights of Shi’a members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) were among the list of incidents used in the 2018 USCIRF report. 

The 2018 report partly reads;
“Religious freedom conditions in Nigeria trended negatively in 2018. The Nigerian government at the national and state levels continued to tolerate violence and discrimination on the basis of religion or belief and suppressed the freedom to manifest religion or belief.
"Religious sectarian violence increased during the year, with Muslims and Christians attacked based on their religious and ethnic identity. 
“The Nigerian military and government continued to violate the religious freedom and human rights of the Shi’a members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN). IMN leader Sheikh Ibrahim Al Zak Zaky remained in detention. 
“However, in 12 Muslim-majority northern Nigerian states, federalism has allowed the adoption of Islamic Shari’ah law in the criminal codes. The Nigerian constitution also establishes the roles of customary law and Shari’ah courts for Islamic personal law, family”.

U.S Secretary of State,  Mike Pompeo who made the announcement that Nigeria has been added to the SWL said that:
“On December 18, 2019, the Department of State re-designated Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan as Countries of Particular Concern under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 for having engaged in or tolerated “systematic, ongoing, [and] egregious violations of religious freedom.
“The Department renewed the placement of Comoros, Russia, and Uzbekistan on a Special Watch List (SWL) for governments that have engaged in or tolerated “severe violations of religious freedom,” and added Cuba, Nicaragua, Nigeria, and Sudan to this list.” 


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