May 21, 2013

ANALYSIS: Does religious freedom report need more ‘teeth’?

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry releases the 2012 International Religious Freedom Report at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on May 20, 2013. Photo courtesy State Department/Public Domain via Flickr (http://flic.kr/p/ekTg4V)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry releases the 2012 International Religious Freedom Report at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on May 20, 2013. Photo courtesy State Department/Public Domain via Flickr (http://flic.kr/p/ekTg4V)

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WASHINGTON (RNS) Watchdogs say the State Department missed a key opportunity to put teeth into its annual assessment of global religious freedom, which was released by Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday.