|3/18/2011: The Washington Times -- Lifting Heavy Hand of Religious Repression|
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March 18, 2011| by Richard D. Land and Talal Y. Eid
Lifting Heavy Hand of Religious Repression
Due to Eritrea’s systematic, ongoing and egregious violations of religious freedom, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), on which we serve as commissioners, has been recommending since 2004 that it be designated a “country of particular concern,” or CPC. Since that year, the State Department has followed our recommendation. In 2005, as part of this designation, the U.S. government did more than just “name and shame” - it denied the commercial export to Eritrea of defense articles and services covered by the U.S. Arms Export Act.
Given our concern that today’s minerals boom may strengthen tyranny’s grip on Eritrea, USCIRF has called on the U.S. government to prohibit any foreign company such as Nevsun from raising capital in the United States or listing its securities there until it ceases all engagement in developing the mineral resources or involving itself with the ventures of a world-class human rights abuser. Mindful of our good neighbors to the north and their commitment to human rights, we urge advocates in the Canadian government, legislature and civil society to join in this fight for religious freedom and related rights in Eritrea.
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