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5/14/2003 - Washington

U-S URGED TO PRESS SAUDIS TO RESPECT RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

The U-S Commission on International Religious Freedom says Saudi Arabia should be pressured to allow non-Muslims to worship freely. The independent government agency's annual report recommends policies to expand religious freedom and discourage persecution. Commission vice chair Michael Young says the State Department agrees that "freedom of religion simply does not exist in Saudi Arabia," but refuses to list the kingdom among the world's worst violators of religious rights. He says it's time for a new policy, because quiet diplomacy hasn't worked. Young also called for a congressional investigation into Saudi efforts to spread its intolerant brand of Islam abroad.
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