• Click here to read the 2015 Annual Report.

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

  • 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.

  • Dwight Bashir, Deputy Director of Policy & Research, met with Bahraini cleric Maytham Al Salman to discuss civil society coalitions, May 27, 2015.

  • USCIRF Chair Katrina Lantos Swett and Annette Lantos with Monir Khanjani and Bijan Masumian, family members of seven Baha’i leaders imprisoned in Iran, May 14, 2015.

  • USCIRF Chair Katrina Lantos Swett spoke at the Newseum Institute on April 16, 2015 at an event titled "Religious Freedom & Foreign Policy." Watch the event here. (Photo: Maria Bryk/Newseum)

  • USCIRF staff met with, from left to right: Dasko Shirwani (Director of Outreach, Kurdistan Regional Government), Vian Dakhil Shekh Saeed (Member of the Iraq Council of Representatives), and Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman (Representative, Kurdistan Regional Government), April 21, 2015.

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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USCIRF Commemorates World Refugee Day

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June 19, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today commemorates World Refugee Day.  According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), nearly 60 million people are refugees or internally displaced, the highest number the agency has ever recorded.  Many of these people are fleeing religious persecution and intolerance.

China: Ramadan Restrictions Violate Religious Freedom

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June 18, 2015

For Uighur Muslims in China’s autonomous region of Xinjiang, observing Ramadan – a month-long period of introspection, fasting, prayer, and devotion – is difficult, if not impossible.  The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) strongly urges the Chinese government to end all restrictions on Uighur Muslims’ religious practices and activities, including limitations on Ramadan observance, and honor their right to genuine freedom of religion or belief. 

Dr. Robert P. George Elected As USCIRF Chairman

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June 11, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Robert P. George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, was elected on June 11, 2015 as Chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).  Dr. George was first appointed to the Commission in March 2012 by Speaker of the House John Boehner and reappointed to a second term in 2014. 

Mosul: One Year Later

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June 8, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) solemnly marks the one year anniversary of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) takeover of Mosul, and the hundreds of thousands of people who were killed, displaced, or forced to seek refuge in neighboring countries. These former residents of Mosul are among the more than two million Iraqis who fled their homes due to ISIL’s offensive. 

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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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