Women react during a protest on April, 30, 2014, outside Nigeria's Parliament in Abuja demanding that security forces search harder for 200 school girls abducted by Islamist militants two weeks ago.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has recommended that the State Department add eight more nations to a list of “countries of particular concern,” which designates them as places where “severe violations of religious freedom are tolerated or perpetrated.”  Among the eight already included on the list are Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Uzbekistan. The USCIRF report has also petitioned that Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Vietnam also be added. Christian persecution advocacy group Open Doors International includes 11 of the countries on the top 15 of its “World Watch List” and all of them on its top 50 offenders. More