Joel Veldkamp, head of international communications at persecution watch CSI, talks to CBN's Faithwire about the Biden administration's decision not to add Nigeria to the U.S. Department of State's Countries of Particular Concern list, a designation targeting nations restricting or complicit in religious freedom violations.
"Stop protecting the interests of the powerful in Nigeria! Don't empower them to do evil!"
Nigerian advocates for peace and religious freedom travelled to London in July to make their voices heard at the 2022 International Ministerial Conference for Freedom of Religion and Belief.
Christian Solidarity International (CSI) has joined more than a dozen concerned groups and individuals in signing a letter to United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressing dismay over the removal of Nigeria from the list of countries of particular concern (CPC) in matters of religious freedom.
When U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Nigeria on 19 November, Reverend John Hayab was one of five civil society representatives selected to meet with him. The day before, the United States had removed Nigeria from its religious freedom watchlist. In this piece, Reverend Hayab relates what he told Secretary Blinken during their meeting. Nigeria Report is proud to publish Rev. Hayab’s courageous words.
Christian Solidarity International (CSI) notes with grave concern the U.S. State Department’s decision to remove the Federal Republic of Nigeria from the U.S. list of “Countries of Particular Concern” (CPC) with regards to religious freedom.
“Removing this largely symbolic sign of concern is a brazen denial of reality and indicates that the U.S. intends to pursue its interests in western Africa through an alliance with Nigeria’s security elite, at the expense of Christians."