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- August 10, 2016

New State Department Report Outlines Egregious Human Rights Violations By Foreign Donors To The Clinton Foundation

Today, The State Department Released Its International Religious Freedom Report For 2015. "The Department of State submits this report to the Congress in compliance with section 102(b) of the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) of 1998. U.S. embassies prepare the initial drafts of the reports based on information from government officials, religious leaders, nongovernmental organizations, journalists, human rights monitors, religious groups, academics, and others. U.S. foreign service officers go to great lengths, often under difficult circumstances, to collect the information on which the reports are based." (State Department International Religious Freedom Report For 2015,U.S. State Department, Overview And Acknowledgments, 8/10/16)

THE REPORT OUTLINES EGREGIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS BY FOREIGN DONORS TO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION

The Clinton Foundation Has Accepted Between $21,250,009 And $65,500,000 From Middle Eastern Countries With Policies Hostile Toward Religious Freedom. (Clinton Foundation, Accessed 3/15/16)

Country

Bottom Of Range

Top Of Range

Algeria

$250,001

$500,000

Brunei

$1,000,001

$5,000,000

Kuwait

$5,000,001

$10,000,000

Oman

$1,000,001

$5,000,000

Qatar

$1,000,001

$5,000,000

Saudi Arabia

$10,000,001

$25,000,000

Friends of Saudi Arabia

$1,000,001

$5,000,000

United Arab Emirates

$1,000,001

$5,000,000

Zayed Family (rulers of UAE)

$1,000,001

$5,000,000

Total

$21,250,009

$65,500,000

Algeria

Algeria Has Contributed Between $250,000-$500,000 To The Clinton Foundation. (Clinton Foundation, Accessed 3/15/16)

Algeria's Constitution Forbids Behaving In Any Way Incompatible With Islam. "The constitution provides for freedom of conscience. It declares Islam to be the state religion and prohibits state institutions from behaving in a manner incompatible with Islam. The law grants all individuals the right to practice their religion as long as they respect public order and regulations. Offending the creed of Islam or its prophets is a criminal offense, as is insulting any religion. Proselytizing of Muslims by non-Muslims also constitutes a crime, although the government has not enforced this provision of the law in several years. The government sentenced a journalist in absentia for 'offending the Prophet Muhammad,' and delayed the journalist's appeal." (State Department International Religious Freedom Report For 2015,U.S. State Department, Executive Summary-Algeria, 8/10/16)

  • Christians Continue To Face Unequal Treatment "There continued to be no developments in the cases of two Christians who had been arrested and tried in prior years for religious offenses. Christians received government permission in November to import Bibles and other devotional materials, after an 18-month wait. Christians reported continuing delays in obtaining visas for foreign religious workers."(State Department International Religious Freedom Report For 2015, U.S. State Department, Executive Summary-Algeria, 8/10/16)

Brunei

Brunei Has Contributed Between $1,000,001-$5,000,000 To The Clinton Foundation. (Clinton Foundation, Accessed 3/15/16)

Brunei Was Cited For Having Completed Stage One Of Their Three Part Program To Implement Sharia Law. "In 2014, Brunei implemented Phase 1 of a Sharia Penal Code (SPC), which expanded existing restrictions on minor religious offenses such as eating during Ramadan, cross-dressing, and close proximity between unmarried people of different genders. Phase 2 and Phase 3 are scheduled for implementation in 2017 and 2018. Phase 2 includes corporal punishments such as amputation for theft, and Phase 3 includes stoning to death for apostasy." (State Department International Religious Freedom Report For 2015, U.S. State Department, Executive Summary, 8/10/16)

Kuwait

Kuwait Has Contributed Between $5,000,001-$10,000,000 To The Clinton Foundation. (Clinton Foundation, Accessed 3/15/16)

Kuwait's Constitution Restricts Free Speech Against Islam. "The constitution declares Islam to be the religion of the state, while saying the freedom of belief is 'absolute.' It guarantees the state will protect the freedom to practice religion, provided such practice accords with established customs, and does not conflict with public policy or morals. Different provisions of the law prohibit the defamation of Islam, the publication or broadcast of material the government deems offensive to religious groups, and practices the government deems inconsistent with Islamic law." (State Department International Religious Freedom Report For 2015 , U.S. State Department, Executive Summary-Kuwait, 8/10/16)

Oman

Oman Has Contributed Between $1,000,001-$5,000,000 To The Clinton Foundation. (Clinton Foundation, Accessed 3/15/16)

Oman's Constitution Is Prejudicial Against Non-Muslim Religions. "The Basic Law declares Islam to be the state religion, although it protects the right of individuals to practice other religious rites as long as doing so does not 'disrupt public order or contradict morals.' The Basic Law prohibits discrimination based on religion. According to the Basic Law, the sultan must be a Muslim. The law prohibits a father who converts from Islam from retaining paternal rights over his children. There is no provision of the law specifically addressing apostasy, conversion, or renunciation of religious belief." (State Department International Religious Freedom Report For 2015, U.S. State Department, Oman Legal Framework, 8/10/16)

  • Non-Muslim Religious Groups Face Different And Stricter Regulations . "New non-Muslim religious groups unaffiliated with a previously recognized sponsor must gain approval from the Ministry Of Endowments And Religious Affairs (MERA) before registering. The law does not specify rules, regulations, or criteria for ministerial approval. The ministry must also grant its approval for new Muslim groups to form. All individuals who deliver sermons in recognized religious groups must register with the MERA. The licensing process for imams prohibits unlicensed lay members from preaching sermons in mosques, and licensed imams must follow government-approved sermons. Lay members of non-Muslim groups may lead prayers if they are specified as leaders in their group's registration application. The law restricts collective worship by non-Muslim groups to land specifically donated by the sultan for the purpose of collective worship." (State Department International Religious Freedom Report For 2015, U.S. State Department, Oman Legal Framework, 8/10/16)

Qatar

Qatar Has Contributed Between $1,000,001-$5,000,000 To The Clinton Foundation. (Clinton Foundation, Accessed 3/15/16)

Qatar's Constitution Says Islam Is The State Religion And Sharia Should Be "A Main Source" Of Legislation. "The constitution states Islam is the state religion and sharia shall be 'a main source' of legislation. It guarantees the freedom to practice religious rites in accordance with 'the maintenance of public order and morality.' The law recognizes only Islam, Christianity, and Judaism; non-Abrahamic religious groups had no legal mechanism to register or establish official houses of worship. The law provides for prison sentences for blasphemy against Islam, Christianity, or Judaism and criminalizes proselytizing on behalf of any religion other than Islam." (State Department International Religious Freedom Report For 2015, U.S. State Department, Executive Summary-Qatar, 8/10/16)

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Has Contributed Between $10,000,001-$25,000,000 To The Clinton Foundation. (Clinton Foundation, Accessed 3/15/16)

Saudi Arabia's Constitution Does Not Address Religious Freedom, While Advocating To Criminalize Atheism. "Sunni Islam is the official religion, and the country's constitution is the Quran and the Sunna, or traditions of the Prophet Muhammad. The legal system is based on the Hanbali School of Sunni Islamic jurisprudence, and freedom of religion is not addressed in the law. The law criminalizes 'calling for atheist thought,' 'calling into question the Islamic religion,' and 'sowing discord in society.' One citizen was publicly lashed 50 times in accordance with a sentence based on his 2013 conviction for violating Islamic values, violating sharia, committing blasphemy, and mocking religious symbols on the internet. The government imprisoned individuals accused of apostasy and blasphemy, violating Islamic values, insulting Islam, black magic, sorcery, and 'immoral activity.' The government sentenced at least two individuals to death for apostasy and blasphemy, and both sentences were pending appeal at year's end." (State Department International Religious Freedom Report For 2015, U.S. State Department, Executive Summary, 8/10/16)

The State Departments Report On International Freedom Cites Egregious Blasphemy Laws In Saudi Arabia As Violating Human Rights And Religious Freedom. "In Saudi Arabia, media and local sources reported that the General Court in Abha sentenced Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh to death for apostasy in November, overturning a previous sentence of four years' imprisonment and 800 lashes (the death sentence was subsequently overturned in February 2016 and a sentence of eight years' imprisonment and 800 lashes imposed). Officials from the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice initially arrested Fayadh in August 2013, after reports that he had made disparaging remarks about Islam. In a separate incident in January, authorities publicly lashed Raif Badawi 50 times in accordance with a sentence based on his 2013 conviction for violating Islamic values, violating sharia, committing blasphemy, and mocking religious symbols on the Internet." (State Department International Religious Freedom Report For 2015, U.S. State Department, Executive Summary, 8/10/16)

United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates Has Contributed Between $1,000,001-$5,000,000 To The Clinton Foundation. (Clinton Foundation, Accessed 3/15/16)

The Constitution Of The United Arab Emirates Is Prejudicial Against Non-Islam Related Religious Activity. "The constitution designates Islam as the official religion. It guarantees freedom of worship as long as this does not conflict with public policy or morals, and states all persons are equal before the law. The law prohibits blasphemy, proselytizing by non-Muslims, and conversion from Islam. A new antidiscrimination law includes prohibitions on religious discrimination, but also criminalizes acts the government interprets as provoking religious hatred or insulting religions." (State Department International Religious Freedom Report For 2015,U.S. State Department, Executive Summary-United Arab Emerates, 8/10/16)


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