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

  • 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. 

  • USCIRF Commissioner Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz with the Honorable Frank Wolf at a Capitol Hill event titled "U.S. Foreign Policy and International Religious Freedom: Recommendations for the Trump Administration and the U.S. Congress," March 20, 2017. 

  • USCIRF Commissioner Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz speaking at a Captiol Hill event marking the one-year anniversary of the State Department's ISIS genocide declaration, March 16, 2017. 

  • USCIRF Chair Thomas J. Reese, S.J. and Commissioner Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz with Kyrgyz Republic's Ambassador to the United States and Canada, Kadyr Toktogulov, March 9, 2017. 

  • USCIRF Chair Thomas J. Reese, S.J. and Commissioner Jackie Wolcott met with Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, March 1, 2017

  • USCIRF Chair Thomas J. Reese, S.J. with U Aung Lynn, Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, February 21, 2017

    USCIRF Chair Thomas J. Reese, S.J. with U Aung Lynn, Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, February 21, 2017

  • During a delegation visit to Saudi Arabia, USCIRF Commissioners meet with Dr. Tawfiq bin Abdulaziz al-Sudairy, Vice Minister, Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call, and Guidance, February 14, 2017.

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.

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

USCIRF Issues Reports on Religious Freedom Violations in Burma

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released two reports highlighting Burma’s serious religious freedom challenges:

EGYPT: USCIRF Condemns Terrorist Attack at Coptic Cathedral; Urges Protection for Community and End to Impunity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 15, 2016
 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) strongly condemns the brutal attack at Cairo’s main Coptic Orthodox Cathedral.  Twenty-four worshippers were killed and 49 wounded: many of those murdered were women and children. USCIRF sends condolences to the family and friends of the victims and wishes those wounded a speedy recovery. 

PAKISTAN: USCIRF Condemns Egregious Treatment of Ahmadis

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December 9, 2016
 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) condemns the raid by Pakistan’s Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) on the publications and audit offices of the Ahmadiyya community in Punjab province.  During this raid, which took place on December 5, police beat and arrested several Ahmadis who later were charged under provisions in Pakistan’s penal code and Anti-Terrorism Act.   

CUBA: After Fidel Castro

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December 2, 2016
 

WASHINGTON, DC – With the passing of Fidel Castro on November 25, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) urges the Cuban government to take a long hard look at his legacy, especially with regard to the oppressive treatment of religion which has marked the country’s history since Castro's rise to power in 1959. 

From Sinjar to Mosul

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November 10, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As coalition forces begin the liberation of Mosul, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) notes that November 13 is the one-year anniversary of the liberation of Sinjar from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). 

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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.

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.

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