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Testimony of USCIRF Chair Leonard Leo on Briefing on Religious Freedom in Nigeria

An excerpt from USCIRF chair Leonard Leo's testimony at the Prospects for Justice in Northern and Central Nigeria: Government Responses to Religious Extremism and Root Causes briefing

"The Commission concluded that the government of Nigeria has done little to prevent sectarian violence and that there have been no serious efforts to investigate or prosecute the perpetrators of the numerous sectarian killings and crimes that have occurred over the past ten years. On May 1, under the auspices of the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act, USCIRF recommended that Nigeria be named as a “Country of Particular Concern” (CPC), a category designated for egregious abusers of religious freedom, which includes the concept of gross failure to act to prevent severe violations."