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Azerbaijan Added to US List of Religious Freedom Offenders

Posted on AllSides January 8th, 2024
From The Center
Religion and Faith, Freedom of Religion, Azerbaijan
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For the first time, the United States has recognized Azerbaijan as a violator of religious freedom.Inclusion on the State Department’s second-tier Special Watch List (SWL) subjects the oil-rich Shiite Muslim–majority nation to the possibility of economic sanctions.

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has called for the Caucasus nation’s censure each year since 2013. Created by the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA), USCIRF’s bipartisan yearly report evaluates “systematic, ongoing, and egregious” violations independent of US foreign policy concerns and tracks government implementation of its recommendations.

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