• USCIRF Chair Rev. Thomas J. Reese, S.J. Message from the Chair

  • USCIRF Commissioner Jackie Wolcott (center) meets with representatives from Vietnam religious communities during Vietnam Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, June 22, 2016.

  • USCIRF Vice Chair Dr. Daniel Mark speaks at the 7th Annual Coptic Solidarity Conference on the Future of Egypt's Religious Minorities, June 9, 2016.

  • USCIRF Commissioner Kristina Arriaga meets with Cuban religious freedom and human rights activist Dr. Óscar Elías Biscet and his wife Elsa Morejón, June 9, 2016

  • Elizabeth Cassidy, USCIRF Co-Director for Policy and Research, speaks at a Senate Human Rights Caucus event on "The Impact of Blasphemy Laws Abroad," May 26, 2016

  • 2016 Annual Report

    On May 2, 2016, USCIRF publicly released its 2016 Annual Report. The Annual Report documents religious freedom conditions in over 30 countries. 

  • Joseph Pitts, David Saperstein, Frank Wolf, Robert P. George, James McGovern

    USCIRF Chairman Robert P. George testified on April 19, 2016 before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC) on “Confronting the Genocide of Religious Minorities: A Way Forward.” Pictured from left to right: TLHRC Co-Chairman Rep. Joseph Pitts, Ambassador-At-Large for International Religious Freedom David Saperstein, Former Representative Frank Wolf, USCIRF Chairman Robert P. George, and TLHRC Co-Chairman Rep. James McGovern

  • Pakistan Textbook Report

    USCIRF on April 12, 2016 published a new study of Pakistani public school textbooks, which reach over 41 million children. The study found, "Teaching Intolerance in Pakistan: Religious Bias in Public School Textbooks," found that these textbooks negatively portray religious minorities and signal that these minorities are untrustworthy and inferior. Read the report.

  • Katrina Lantos Swett and panelists

    USCIRF Commissioner Katrina Lantos Swett and panelists taking questions at USCIRF's event "Teaching Intolerance in Pakistan," April 12, 2016. Watch the event.

  • Robert P. George and Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

    USCIRF Chairman Robert P. George and Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks speaking at the USCIRF event "Civil Society Efforts to Counter Religious Hatred and Bigotry in Europe," April 11, 2016. Watch the event

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USCIRF 2016 Annual Report

United States Commission on International Religious FreedomThe U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released its 2016 Annual Report on May 2, 2016. In the report, USCIRF recommends that the State Department add these eight countries to its list of “countries of particular concern,” defined under law as countries where particularly severe violations of religious freedom are tolerated or perpetrated: Central African Republic, Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria, Tajikistan, and Vietnam.

USCIRF also recommends that the following nine countries be re-designated as “countries of particular concern,” or CPCs: Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

In addition, USCIRF also recommends ten countries as Tier 2 Countries, those countries whose governments engages in or tolerates at least one of the elements of the "systematic, ongoing, and egregious" standard, but do not fully meet the CPC standard: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Laos, Malaysia, Russia, and Turkey. Other Countries Monitored include: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Horn of Africa, Kyrgyzstan, Western Europe.

Europe at a Crossroad

USCIRF held an event on April 11, 2016 at the National Press Club entitled "Europe at a Crossroad: Civil Society Efforts to Combat Religious Hatred and Bigotry in Europe." The event featured a keynote address by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, a panel of European civil society leaders, and remarks by USCIRF Commissioners. 

Teaching Intolerance in Pakistan

A new study of Pakistani public school textbooks found that these textbooks negatively portray religious minorities and teach bias, distrust, and inferiority. The study was sponsored by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and was conducted by the Pakistan-based NGO Peace and Education Foundation (PEF). See below USCIRF's launch event of the report. 
 

Testimony of former USCIRF Chairman Dr. Robert P. George and former USCIRF Vice Chair Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser

Former USCIRF Chairman Dr. Robert P. George and former Vice Chair Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser testified on June 16, 2016 before the Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee at a hearing titled "The Global Religious Freedom Crisis and Its Challenge to U.S. Foreign Policy."

Read former Chairman George's full testimony before the Subcommittee.

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