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  • USCIRF Chair Thomas J. Reese, S.J. and Commissioners Kristina Arriaga and Jackie Wolcott meet with a delegation of Cuban religious leaders. From left to right: Félix Yuniel Llerena López, Reverend Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso, Raudel García Bringas, and Rev. Yiorvis Bravo Denis, April 20, 2017.

  • USCIRF Chair Rev. Thomas J. Reese, S.J. Welcome to USCIRF

  • USCIRF launched its Prisoners of Conscience Project on April 6, 2017. The Project highlights individuals imprisoned for exercising their freedom of religion or belief, as well as the dedicated advocacy of USCIRF Commissioners working for their release. 

  • Click here to learn more about the Commissioners of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, April 2017

  • USCIRF Commissioners meet with UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, April 5, 2017.

  • USCIRF Commissioners meet with representatives from the Baha'is of the United States and relatives of Baha'is imprisoned in Iran for their beliefts, April 5, 2017.

  • Commissioner Jackie Wolcott meets with Grover Joseph Rees, Ambassador, Retired and Nguyen Dinh Thanh of Boat People SOS about Vietnamese prisoner of conscience Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh, March 31, 2017

  • USCIRF Chair Thomas J. Reese, S.J and Commissioner Jackie Wolcott meet with a Nigerian delegation of National Assembly Members, March 23, 2017

    USCIRF Chair Thomas J. Reese, S.J and Commissioner Jackie Wolcott meet with a Nigerian delegation of National Assembly Members, March 22, 2017.

  • USCIRF Chair Thomas J. Reese, S.J. and Commissioner Jackie Wolcott met with a Coptic Solidarity delegation to discuss the plight of Copts in Egypt, March 22, 2017.

  • USCIRF Commissioner Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz with Representative Chris Smith and Pastor Edward Awabdeh of Damascus, Syria at an International Religious Freedom Caucus event titled "Iraq and Syria after ISIS and the Fate of Religious Minorities," March 21, 2017. 

Barriers to Protection

Report cover of Barriers to Protection

USCIRF on August 2, 2016 released a new report, Barriers to Protection: The Treatment of Asylum Seekers in Expedited Removal, which highlights serious problems with the U.S. government's treatment of asylum seekers in Expedited Removal. View the report here. USCIRF presented findings from the report at an August 3, 2016 event with Human Rights First. Watch the event here

Prisoner of Conscience Project

USCIRF's Prisoner of Conscience Project highlights individuals imprisoned for exercising their freedom of religion or belief, as well as the dedicated advocacy of USCIRF Commissioners working for their release. Click the below photos for more information on the prisoners, and the Commissioners' efforts on their behalfs.
             Iran                             Eritrea                        China
        
Maryam Naghash Zargaran   Patriarch Abune Antonios     Gulmira Imin
                                Burma                          Saudi Arabia
       
             Zaw Zaw Latt and Pwint Phyu Latt            Raif Badawi
                Iran                           Russia                        Iran        
           
      Fariba Kamalabadi             Bagir Kazikhanov             Mahvash Sabet
                    China                                   Vietnam
     
          Gedhun Choekyi Nyima    Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh and Tran Thi Hong

Prisoner of Conscience List

Click here for USCIRF's Prisoner of Conscience List which is mandated by Public Law 114-281, the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act.

Defending Freedoms Project

The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in conjuntion with the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and Amnesty International USA, created the Defending Freedoms Project to support prisoners of conscience around the world.

The Defending Freedoms Project seeks to increase attention to human rights and religious freedom abuses by encouraging Members of Congress to advocate on behalf of prisoners of conscience worldwide. Through this project, Members of Congress stand in solidarity with prisoners of conscience, letting them know they have not been forgotten, and encourage accountability for their unjust treatment.

Click here for more information on the Defending Freedoms Project and to view prisoner profiles.

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About the Commission

Who We Are

USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission, the first of its kind in the world, that monitors the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad.

What We're About

Inherent in religious freedom is the right to think as we please, believe or not believe as our conscience leads, and live out our beliefs openly, peacefully, and without fear.

We are about freedom

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