The U.S. State Department's International Religious Freedom Report cites eight nations as "Countries of Particular Concern" (CPCs) due to their "particularly severe violations of religious freedom."
However, there are at least eight more countries which should also be on that list, according to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, who urged Secretary of State John Kerry to designate them as CPCs in its 15th annual report, says Religion News Service. The list has not been updated since 2006.
The USCIRF report stated that Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Vietnam, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, and Tajikistan should be recognized as countries with severe violations of religious freedom.
Here are the current countries on the CPC list: