• USCIRF Chairman Dr. Robert P. George. Read more.

  • USCIRF Commissioner Eric P. Schwartz testifies before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on "The Persecution of Religious and Indigenous Communities in Vietnam," March 22, 2014

  • USCIRF Commissioner Elliott Abrams testifies before a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on "The Persecution of Christians as a Worldwide Phenomenon," February 11, 2014

  • From left to right: USCIRF Chair Dr. Robert P. George, Natan Sharansky, USCIRF Vice-Chair Katrina Lantos Swett, and Tom Lantos Human Righs Commission Co-Chair Rep. Frank Wolf. 

  • USCIRF Vice Chair Katrina Lantos Swett and Commissioner Mary Ann Glendon, along with Jackie Wolcott and Knox Thames, at an event at the European Parliament. Also pictured are Members of the European Parliament, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, and members of the EPRID NGO coalition, February 2014

  • USCIRF Chairman Dr. Robert P. George testifies before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on "Highlighting the Plight of Prisoners of Conscience around the World," January 16, 2014

  • USCIRF Vice-Chairs Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett and Dr. M Zuhdi Jasser meet in Bahrain with Minister for Human Rights Salah bin Ali Abdul Rahman to raise religious freedom concerns, January 2014

  • USCIRF Executive Director Jackie Wolcott (L) and Vice-Chair Katrina Lantos Swett (R) meet with Representative Eliot Engel, Ranking Minority Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs

  • USCIRF Vice-Chair Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, Chariman Dr. Robert P. George, and Vice-Chair Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett

  • USCIRF Vice-Chair Dr. M. Zudhi Jasser with His Grace Bishop Angaelos prior to their testimony with Members of Congress, December 10, 2013

China Factsheet

USCIRF Asks 20 Questions on Religious Freedom for China's Universal Periodic Review

China will go through its second human rights review at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.  During this review, which is called the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), countries will be able to ask questions of China during its review.

View the questions here.

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 here to find more information on the Defending Freedoms Project.

Top Row: Agnes Uwimana Nkusi – Rwanda , Saeed Abedini – Iran, Father Nguyen Van Ly – Vietnam

Middle Row: Gao Zhisheng – China, Nabeel Rajab – Bahrain

Bottom Row: Mahvash Sabet – Iran, Asia Bibi – Pakistan, Dawit Issac – Eritrea.


USCIRF Vice Chair Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett testified on Friday, April 4 before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission during a hearing entitled, "The Plight of Religious Minorities in India."

From the testimony: “India and the United States have a long and proud partnership.  We share uncommon commonalities given our robust commitment to democracy and multiethnic, multi-religious societies.  India also is an important ally that holds key strategic economic, political and regional value to the United States, since it is the second most populous country in the world, situated between the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region, and a neighbor to a troubled Pakistan...  Despite positive attributes as a democracy with a deeply diverse religious demographic and a robust civil society, India has serious religious freedom issues.”

Click here to find out more information about the hearing.

Click here to view the full testimony of Vice Chair Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett 

Click here to read USCIRF’s 2013 Annual Report chapter on India.  The 2014 Annual Report will be issued by May 1, 2014.   


The Religious Violence Project

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has launched the Religious Violence Project to highlight violations of religious freedom abroad. Learn More

USCIRF's 2013 Annual Report

USCIRF’s 2013 Annual Report highlights the status of religious freedom globally and identifies those governments that are the most egregious violators. Click here to view the Presentation and Discussion of USCIRF's 2013 Annual Report at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

USCIRF Staff Perspectives

USCIRF Commissioners Reappointed


April 11, 2014 | USCIRF

WASHINGTON, DC – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on April 9, 2014 announced his reappointment of USCIRF Commissioner Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on March 28, 2014 announced his reappointment of USCIRF Commissioners Mary Ann Glendon and Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser to the USCIRF.

Testimony of USCIRF Commissioner Elliott Abrams on "The Persecution of Christians as a Worldwide Phenomenon"

February 11, 2014

USCIRF Commissioner Elliott Abrams testified before the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations of the House Foreign Affairs Committee at a hearing entitled "The Persecution of Christians as a Worldwide Phenomenon".

Click here to view the full written testimony.


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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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