Religious Freedom commission: Consider sanctions to end Christian persecution

VOICE OF THE PERSECUTED

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The U.S. should consider economic sanctions on countries where Christians  endure persecution, torture and death to help ensure security here and abroad, a  religious rights advocate told Congress Tuesday.

Elliott Abrams of the U.S.  Commission on International Religious Freedom said a “case-by-case analysis”  could be used in weighing sanctions.

“You look at the list of countries and see so many that are underdeveloped,  or middle income or poor,” Mr. Abrams told the House Foreign Affairs  subcommittee on global human rights. “In those cases economic sanctions …  could have an affect. I think what we need to convey is … we care, and this will  affect our relations.”

“As it often is the first right taken away, religious freedom serves as the  proverbial canary in the coal mine, warning us that denial of other liberties  almost surely will follow,” he said. “Supporting religious freedom abroad is not just a legal or moral duty…

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