• Click here to read the 2015 Annual Report.

  • USCIRF Chair Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett. Message from the chair.

  • Knox Thames, USCIRF Policy and Research Director, with U.S. military chaplains and Brian Grim at the “Religion Matters” conference at U.S. Southern Command, April 22, 2015.

  • 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.

  • Commissioner Eric P. Schwartz meets with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera, Sri Lanka, March 16, 2015. Read Commissioner Schwartz statement on his trip to Sri Lanka here.

  • Commissioners Jasser, Glendon, and Reese meet with Syriac Christian leadership, including Bassam Ishak, President of the Syriac National Council of Syria, March 19, 2015. 

  • Knox Thames, USCIRF Policy and Research Director, at the launch of the Brazilian Congress caucus on international religious freedom in Brasilia, March 17, 2015. 

  • Elizabeth Cassidy, USCIRF Deputy Director for Policy & Research, discusses the status of religious minorities in Iraq at a briefing titled "The State of Iraq's Minorities Since the Fall of Mosul," March 12, 2015.

  • USCIRF Commissioners and Staff meet with a Vietnamese delegation concerning religious freedom conditions in Vietnam. March 3, 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 Condemns Abduction of more than 200 Assyrian Christians and Urges Their Immediate Release

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February 27, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) strongly condemns the abduction of more than 200 Assyrian Christians by militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in northeastern Syria and calls for the international community to work for their immediate release.

USCIRF Welcomes Release of Jailed Burmese Activist, Urges Freedom for All Burmese Prisoners of Conscience

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February 3, 2015 | USCIRF

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) commends the release of activist Dr. Tun Aung and urges the government of Burma to release other prisoners of conscience in fulfillment of the promises of President Thein Sein. 

USCIRF Warns of Potential Religiously-Motivated Violence Around Nigeria’s Upcoming Elections

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February 2, 2015 | USCIRF

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Reports of pre-election violence, combined with rising societal and political tensions, increase the likelihood of religiously-motivated violence around Nigeria’s February 14 presidential elections, warns the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). 

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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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