May 6, 2011. (Romereports.com)
After several reported attacks on Christians, a U.S government commission says Egypt has serious violations when it comes to religious freedom. Critics say, for years Christians have been targeted in different attacks and bombings. Most recently, the outing of longtime president Hosni Mubarak, increased tensions among different religious groups.
Serious religious violations were found in China, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam, according to the report. Pakistan is also a mounting concern.
In its annual report, the U.S Commission on Religious Freedom recommended that Egypt be placed on a its offender list. If the Obama administration agrees, Egypt could be fined with economic sanctions, unless conditions are improved.
The commission is also asking the U.S government to re-direct the funds it grants to Egypt's military. Instead, they ask, part of that money be used to support organizations that help minority groups, like Christians.
China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson, responded by asking the commission to “....respect the facts and stop intervening in China's domestic affairs.”
According to published reports, last year, China detained more than 500 Protestants as well as Catholic Clergy. The government is also accused of destroying Christian centers.