Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

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Condemning Nigeria

Religion | A new report accuses the Nigerian government of serious religious freedom violations
by Emily Belz
Posted 5/01/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom released its annual report Friday advising the State Department of nations with "ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom," adding Nigeria to the notorious list titled "countries of particular concern," which also includes Iran and North Korea.

The report argued that the Nigerian government's response to sectarian strife has been "inadequate and ineffectual . . . resulting in thousands of deaths."

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South Africans on World AIDS Day (AP/Schalk van Zuydam)

New AIDS chief

HIV/AIDS | After a botched transition in leadership, President Obama names a Clinton era official as global AIDS coordinator
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/30/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-After three months without a leader, the State Department's Global AIDS Office has a newly named head from the Clinton administration, Eric Goosby, who awaits Senate confirmation.

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S. Korea President Lee Myung-bak (AP/Yonhap, Bae Jae-man)

Defying a dictator

International | With burgeoning support from South Korea, defectors decry human rights abuses in North Korea
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/29/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-Under umbrellas shading them from the baking sun, Koreans gathered Tuesday in front of the U.S. Capitol with a new energy in the fight for human rights in North Korea-the vocal support of South Korea.

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