Accession Number : ADA328988

Title :   Combating Religious Persecution Abroad: A Proposal for Congressional Action,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Marsh, Jeremy

PDF Url : ADA328988

Report Date : 08 SEP 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 64

Abstract : Religious persecution abroad, defined as the denial of any of the rights of religious freedom, became one of the leading human rights issues in American politics in 1996. Stephen Rosenfeld of the Washington Post called it 'the most intriguing early foreign policy development of 1996' and said that the effort would save lives. Those in agreement with him responded to evidence of growing persecution in some countries by petitioning government to make the reduction of such persecution a priority in its foreign policy. These efforts led to the formation of a Special Advisory Committee to the President and Secretary of State on Religious Freedom Abroad. Many, however, believe that the U.S. government must do more to combat widespread persecution in countries where Communist or radical Islamic forces are dominant. Indeed, it seems the problem calls for more than a State Department commission which will examine religious freedom. It calls for policy initiatives that will act to expose and reduce persecution of religious minorities where it is most destructive.

Descriptors :   *FOREIGN POLICY, *DISCRIMINATION, *RELIGION, POLICIES, POLITICAL SCIENCE, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, HUMANS, MINORITIES, ADVISORY ACTIVITIES, PANEL(COMMITTEE).

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE