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

  • 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 Chair Thomas J. Reese, S.J. participating in a Religion News Service event on "Tolerance: A Key To Religious Freedom" (Photo courtesy of RNS/Cathy Grossman), February 9, 2017

  • USCIRF Commissioners with the Honorable Frank Wolf, Distinguished Senior Fellow of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, February 8, 2017. 

  • USCIRF Chair Rev. Thomas J. Reese, S.J., and Commissioners Kristina Arriaga and Jackie Walcott meet with Bob Fu, founder and president of China Aid, and a delegation of rule of law and religious freedom advocates, February 3, 2017.

    USCIRF Chair Rev. Thomas J. Reese, S.J., and Commissioners Kristina Arriaga and Jackie Wolcott meet with Bob Fu, founder and president of China Aid, and a delegation of rule of law and religious freedom advocates, February 3, 2017.

  • USCIRF Vice Chair James J. Zogby speaking at the China Aid 15-year anniversary event, January 31, 2017.

    USCIRF Vice Chair James J. Zogby speaking at the China Aid 15-year anniversary event, January 31, 2017.  

  • USCIRF delegation meets with Assistant Foreign Minister for Human Rights Leila Bahaa Al-Din during a visit to Egypt, January 18, 2017. Click here to see more photos from the Egypt visit.

    USCIRF delegation meets with Assistant Foreign Minister for Human Rights Leila Bahaa Al-Din during a visit to Egypt, January 18, 2017. Click here to see more photos from the Egypt visit.

  • USCIRF Chair Thomas J. Reese, S.J., and Senior Policy Analyst Tiffany Lynch, speak at a St. Mary's Law School event on USCIRF's report "Barriers to Protection: The Treatment of Asylum Seekers in Expedited Removal," San Antonio, Texas, January 19, 2017.

    USCIRF Chair Thomas J. Reese, S.J., and Senior Policy Analyst Tiffany Lynch, speak at a St. Mary's Law School event on USCIRF's report "Barriers to Protection: The Treatment of Asylum Seekers in Expedited Removal," San Antonio, Texas, January 19, 2017.

  • USCIRF held an event at the National Press Club titled "Burma at the Brink: Religious Freedom Violations Threaten its Future." At the event, USCIRF released two reports highlighting religious freedom conditions in Burma, December 13, 2016. Watch the event here.

    USCIRF held an event at the National Press Club titled "Burma at the Brink: Religious Freedom Violations Threaten its Future." At the event, USCIRF released two reports highlighting religious freedom conditions in Burma, December 13, 2016. Watch the event here

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:

PAKISTAN: USCIRF Condemns Egregious Treatment of Ahmadis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.

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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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