WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is warning that Christians and other religious minorities are being targeted across the Middle East and need protection as many flee their homes to escape repression.
She didn't say how many people are affected, but noted that sects in several countries are experiencing more persecution. She tells lawmakers Tuesday that attacks are on the rise against Christians and minority Muslim sects from North Africa to South Asia.
The attacks are unrelated to the current political upheaval across the Mideast, and Clinton says they are not getting the public attention they should.
She said the U.S. needs to do more to protect the rights of religious minorities and hold governments accountable for abuses.