The Iraqi government needs to take more action to protect religious minorities, according to a report by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
A majority of the commissioners designated Iraq as a “country of particular concern,” a term used when a government has engaged in “systemic” and “ongoing” religious freedom violations.
“The lack of effective government action to protect these communities from abuses has established Iraq among the most dangerous places on earth for religious minorities,” said Felice D. Gaer, chair of the commission.
Iraq was already listed by the U.S. State Department as a “country of particular concern” from 1999 to 2002. The designation was dropped after Saddam Hussein’s government collapsed and the start of the U.S. war in Iraq.