Some countries used coronavirus pandemic against religious minorities
Some countries used the COVID-19 pandemic to target religious minorities last year, a federal commission revealed on Wednesday.
Catholic News Agency shared that the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), a bipartisan federal commission, released its 2021 Annual Report on Wednesday. Among its findings, USCIRF said that some governments targeted religious minorities through misinformation campaigns or with disproportionate restrictions during the pandemic.
USCIRF Chair Gayle Manchin, who is also the wife of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), told reporters on a Wednesday press call that “in many cases, these [public health] measures complied with international human rights standards,” but in some places, they did not.
“There were countries that blamed COVID-19 on a particular religion,” adding, they used the pandemic “as an excuse,” she said.
In Sri Lanka, for example, the report said, authorities required the cremation of those who died from COVID-19, including Muslims, “for whom the practice is religiously prohibited.”
You can read about other countries in the original article here.