The United States on Monday put Nigeria unexpectedly on a strict opportunity boycott, making ready for possible authorizations on the off chance that it doesn’t improve its record.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assigned the US partner as a “Nation of Particular Concern” for strict opportunity, close by countries that incorporate China, Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

Pompeo didn’t expound on the purposes behind including Nigeria, which has a sensitive harmony among Muslims and Christians.

In any case, US law requires such assignments for countries that either take part in or endure “methodical, progressing, terrible infringement of strict opportunity.”

Pompeo eminently did exclude India, which has a developing relationship with Washington, and was goaded by a proposal from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom to incorporate the common however Hindu-dominant part country over what it called a sharp descending turn under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Different countries on the boycott are Eritrea, Myanmar, North Korea, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

– Improve or face sanctions –

Pompeo removed from a second-tier watchlist both Uzbekistan and Sudan, whose relations with the United States have rapidly warmed after the ousting of dictator Omar al-Bashir and its recent agreement to recognize Israel.

On Nigeria, an annual State Department report published earlier this year took note of concerns both at the federal and state levels.

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It pointed to the mass detention of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, a Shiite Muslim group that has been at loggerheads with the government for decades and was banned by a court.

They have taken inspiration from Iran, ordinarily a major target of President Donald Trump’s administration.

Nigeria has been widely criticized for its treatment of the movement, including in a 2015 clash in which hundreds were said to have died.

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