Months late, the new Secretary of State quickly highlights ongoing genocide in the Middle East in intro to annual report.
Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra
The US State Department kept its annual assessment of international religious freedom unusually short this year. Over the past five years, the executive summaries for the department's annual religious freedom report have averaged more than 5,000 words. They typically detail problems such as North Korea's religious prisoners, Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, and the instability caused by Islamic extremism in the Middle East. This year, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson skipped the lengthy executive summary and laid out a preface of just 440 words, naming only a single concern: ISIS. continue reading >>