Coalition calls on President Bush to take swift and appropriate action
on severe violators of religious freedom
Press release from the Institute on Religion
and Public Policy
Washington, D.C. - A coalition of religious
leaders, religious freedom advocates, and human rights activists has called
on President George W. Bush to act swiftly and appropriately in regard to
Eritrea, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam as newly-designated "Countries of
Particular Concern for Severe Violations of Religious Freedom."
"The President is called upon by the
International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to set in place within 90 days
of designation as a CPC one or more of the fifteen suggested actions
according to Section 402 of the Act," stated Joseph K. Grieboski, President
of the Institute on Religion and Public Policy, which circulated the letter.
"The President has an extraordinary and historic opportunity to demonstrate
that the United States is interested in acting on religious freedom as well
as speaking about it."
As the 90 day deadline approaches, the
letter pointed out to President Bush that, "this is the first time since the
passage of the International Religious Freedom Act in 1998 that states have
been designated as CPC that have not already been 'sanctioned' by the United
"We implore you to apply the values of
freedom of religious belief and expression in our foreign policy and
approach Eritrea, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam with appropriate presidential
response and congressional intent mandated by the International Religious
Freedom Act of 1998," the letter continued.
Copies of the letter are available
from the Institute on Religion and Public Policy on its website at
or by calling 202-835-8760.
Rev. Elenora Giddings Ivory
Director, Washington Office
Presbyterian Church (USA)
110 Maryland Avenue, NE, Suite 104
Washington, DC 20002
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