U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wants governments in the Middle East to protect Christians and other religious minorities.
Addressing the House Foreign Affairs Committee Tuesday, Clinton said non-Muslim groups are being targeted for their faith.
"There's no doubt that Christians and other minority groups are feeling under pressure and are leaving countries from North Africa to South Asia because they don't feel protected," she said. "I think we need to do much more to stand up for the rights of religious minorities."
"Obviously, I'm deeply concerned about what happened to the Christians in Iraq and the Christians in Egypt," she continued. "I'm also concerned about what happens to minority Muslim groups in Pakistan and elsewhere."
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Clinton also said the U.S. government should do more to protect the rights of religious minorities and hold governments accountable for abuses.
She warned, however, that America should exercise caution in how it defends those who are religiously oppressed.
"We don't want to use some of the tools that other countries are proposing -- which is to criminalize defamation, criminalize in the broadest possible definition blasphemy -- and then use it to execute, harass and otherwise oppress religious minorities," Clinton explained.
"So we have to come up with an international consensus about what we're going to do to protect those who are exercising their conscience," she concluded.