U.S. Religious Freedom Panel Finds ‘Alarming’ Increase In Global Persecution Over Past Year

The report focused mainly on the persecution of Christians and other religious groups at the hand of ISIS, which identifies itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. “Yazidis and Christians have borne the worst brunt of the persecution by ISIL and other violent religious extremists. From summary executions to forced conversions, rape to sexual enslavement, abducted children to destroyed houses of worship, attacks on these communities are part of a systematic effort to erase their presence from the Middle East,” the commission explained. However, other similar Islamic terror organizations such as Boko Haram were also discussed in the presentation. “In Nigeria, Boko Haram has attacked both Muslims and Christians,” it stated. “From mass murders at churches and mosques to mass kidnappings of children from schools, Boko Haram has cut a wide path of terror across vast swaths of Nigeria.”

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