Just came across this article saying that one of the very last moves of the Bush administration was to designate Uzbekistan as one of the top 8 religious rights violators in the world.
It makes me sad that the Obama administration will probably completely ignore this because they ‘need’ to build an air force base there.
Here’s how the article kicks off:
On its final working day in office, the Bush administration re-designated eight countries as severe violators of religious freedom but waived possible sanctions against Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan, officials said Monday.
The moves were reported to key members of Congress in late January but were not made public until Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s State Department informed the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom about them last week, State officials said.
On Jan. 16, then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signed documents labeling Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea and Sudan as “countries of particular concern” for abuses of religious worshippers. The Obama administration took office four days later.