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Obama Has Real Opportunity to Press Iraq on Christian Persecution, Human Rights, USCIRF Says

November 4, 2013

President Barack Obama has a real opportunity to speak out for Christian and religious persecution as well as human rights when he meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Friday afternoon at the White House, said the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).

"As you know, over the past year Iraq has experienced the worst sectarian violence since 2008, with the frequency and scope of such violence increasing. This violence is undermining Iraq's progress and threatening its people's safety, particularly the majority Shi'a Muslim population, as well as its smallest religious minority communities, including Christians and Yezidis," USCIRF Chairman Robert P. George said in his letter to Obama.


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