JOS, Nigeria—Human-rights groups from around the world have reacted with dismay to the recent delisting of Nigeria as a “Country of Particular Concern” (CPC) by the U.S. Department of State. Ahead of his Nov. 18 visit to Nigeria, Secretary of State Antony Blinken listed China, Myanmar, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan as CPCs. The secretary of state designates a CPC for severe violations of religious freedom. Also on Nov. 18, Blinken listed Algeria, Comoros, Cuba, and Nicaragua among the countries on the U.S. watch list for religious freedom. Yet on Sept. 26, among other killings, Muslim radicals are credited with massacring 38 Christians in Madamai, Nigeria. On Oct. 31, an entire Baptist congregation was kidnapped. “The challenges to religious freedom in the world today are structural, systemic, and deeply entrenched,” Blinken said in a Nov. 17 statement concerning religious freedom designations. “They demand sustained global …


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