A new report from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom shines the light on 16 nations for violating religious rights.
This year, Turkey joins the list of the worst violators, which includes Tajikistan, Myanmar, North Korea, Egypt, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, China, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
Turkey was cited by the commission for "systematic and egregious limitations" on religious liberty.
Egypt, Nigeria, Iraq and Pakistan were noted for failing to stop attacks on religious minorities.
Click play for more on the religious freedom abuses across the globe with CBN News Sr. International Correspondent Gary Lane. Also, read the USCIRF annual report here.
Congress established the commission in 1998. It plays a role in advising the president, the State Department and lawmakers on religious freedom issues. Countries identified as religious rights violators can then be subject to sanctions.
The commission's report also includes a watch list of countries it says require close monitoring because of violations committed or tolerated by their governments. Nine countries made that list in 2012: Afghanistan, Belarus, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Laos, Russia, Somalia and Venezuela.
Nina Shea, director of the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute talked more about the report, and the world's top persecutors. Watch her comments below on the March 23 edition of Christian World News.