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10/8/2002 - Washington

STATE DEPARTMENT CITES COUNTRIES THAT REPRESS RELIGION

A new State Department report finds China and five other countries severely repress religious rights. Secretary of State Colin Powell says there's never any justification for religious persecution or intolerance. He adds the U-S stands in solidarity with all those suffering from religious oppression.

Powell says the U-S "categorically rejects" the notion that the security of any country prevents the promotion of religious liberty. Besides China, the State Department report finds that Cuba, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar see religious worship as a threat to their regimes.

The report also lists countries that are hostile to minority religions. These include Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. But it says progress has been made toward ending religious persecution in Afghanistan.

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