*Religious freedom groups are urging the U.S. State Department and President Barack Obama’s Administration to make new efforts to identify the worst violators of religious freedoms and up international advocacy after the release of the Annual Report on International Religious Freedom.

On Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton released the annual report to the press detailing the international religious climate during the period from July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010.

Of the countries mentioned in the report, unsurprisingly, tensions remained high in Middle Eastern countries as well as in China and Burma.

“We do this because we believe that religious freedom is both a fundamental human right and an essential element to any stable, peaceful, thriving society,” declared Clinton.

However, many groups state the reports, while good, are not enough.

Christian anti-persecution group Open Doors USA’s Advocacy director, Lindsay Vessey, praises the State Department for the release of the religious report.

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