• USCIRF Chairman Dr. Robert P. George. Message from the chair.

  • USCIRF Chairman Robert P. George spoke at the 67th Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, August 15, 2015 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

  • USCIRF Commissioner Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett speaks at a Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs event on religious freedom alongside Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Ken Starr, President of Baylor University, July 16, 2015. 

  • USCIRF Executive Director Jackie Wolcott and Director of Policy and Research Knox Thames meet with Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Parliament, July 16, 2015.

  • USCIRF Commissioner Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett speaks at an International Campaign for Tibet event on Capitol Hill on "America and the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet," July 7, 2015.

  • USCIRF Commissioner Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett met with Matteo Mecacci, President of the International Campaign for Tibet, to discuss religious freedom conditions within Tibet, June 12, 2015.

  • USCIRF Commissioner Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett delivered remarks on Capitol Hill at an event hosted by Coptic Solidarity, June 11, 2015. 

  • USCIRF Chair Katrina Lantos Swett, Executive Director Jackie Wolcott and Senior Policy Analyst, Sahar Chaudhry with the Republic of Cyprus Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs, Photis Photiou, Ambassador George Chacalli, and Neophytos Constantinou, Consul/Congressional Liaison, June 9, 2015. 

  • USCIRF Chair Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett speaks at a European Parliament event on religious freedom, Brussels, June 3, 2015.

  • USCIRF Chair Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett testifies before a House Oversight & Government Reform Subcommittee on "Protecting International Religious Freedom," September 18, 2014. 

Defending Freedoms Project

In December 2012, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, in conjunction with the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and Amnesty International USA, launched the Defending Freedoms Project with the aim of supporting human rights and religious freedom throughout the world with a particular focus on prisoners of conscience.

Specifically, Members of Congress “adopt” prisoners of conscience, standing in solidarity with these brave men and women, while committing to advocate publicly for their release.

Click the interactive map below to view the status of prisoners of conscience highlighted in the Defending Freedoms Project

Spotlight

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released its 2015 Annual Report on April 30, 2015. 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 eight countries be re-designated as “countries of particular concern,” or CPCs: Burma,... Read More

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BURMA: USCIRF Condemns Passage of Religious Conversion Bill

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August 24, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) strongly condemns the passage by Burma’s Union Parliament of the religious conversion bill.  This bill is one measure in a package of “race and religion bills” which a group of nationalist Buddhist monks have advanced.  Each discriminates against and restricts the religious freedom of non-Buddhists, particularly Muslims, and diminishes women’s rights. 

USCIRF Condemns Trial Outcome of Ethiopian Muslim Leaders

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August 6, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) strongly decries the convictions and sentencing of 18 Muslim leaders in Ethiopia.  They were charged under Ethiopia’s controversial Anti-Terror Proclamation and found guilty of plotting to institute an Islamic government.  USCIRF has long advocated for the leaders’ release.

Rouhani: Two Years Later

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August 3, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) this week marks the two-year anniversary of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s assumption of office by repeating its call to improve conditions for freedom of religion or belief in Iran.  USCIRF also condemns the detention of prisoners of conscience, and calls for their immediate release.

USCIRF Concerned by Rise in Violence in Nigeria

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July 17, 2015 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Hundreds of people have been killed in Boko Haram terrorist attacks throughout northern Nigeria and in sectarian violence in the Middle Belt during the past two months. The July 20 meeting in Washington D.C. between President Barack Obama and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari offers both nations the opportunity to reinvigorate their commitment to, and develop initiatives that would, help curb both types of violence.  

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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.

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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.

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