Rep. Meadows Calls on State Department to Designate Russia as a Country of Particular Concern (CPC)
Last week, Rep. Mark Meadows (NC-11) encouraged the State Department to designate Russia as a “Country of Particular Concern” (CPC), under the International Religious Freedom Act, for the extreme, systematic violations of religious freedom in Russia under Putin’s regime.
The State Department, with Secretary Mike Pompeo and Ambassador Sam Brownback’s leadership, responded to the Russian government’s violations of religious freedom by designating Russia to Special Watch List status in 2018. Unfortunately, the Kremlin persists in its brutal attacks on religious minorities that it baselessly deems “extremist.” These violations include banning religious texts, seizing churches and places of worship, criminalizing proselytization, and opening investigations that have led to violence, incarceration, and the torture of innocent people. Designating Russia as a CPC is a step which would carry penalties than would not be possible if Russia remains as a Special Watch List country.
Rep. Meadows released the following statement:
“As Americans, we must continue to stand up to oppression and advocate for the advancement of human rights in our bilateral relationships. I applaud the leadership of Secretary Pompeo and Ambassador Brownback for highlighting the critical importance of religious freedom across the world and in the United States’ relationship with Russia. The Kremlin’s systematic trampling of religious freedom must be stopped, and a CPC designation is an important step to address these abuses.”
To read the letter, click here.
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