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

  • USCIRF Senior Policy Analyst, Catherine Cosman, speaks at a Freedom House panel on the human rights crisis in Tajikistan, December 16, 2015.

  • USCIRF Commissioner Fr. Tom Reese with Sr. Denise Coghlan, Jesuit Refugee Service Cambodia Director, and Katrine Camilleri, JRS Malta Director, accompanied by USCIRF Policy Analyst Tina Mufford, December 7, 2015

  • Sahar Chaudhry, Senior Policy Analyst, at a Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission briefing on Human Rights in Bangladesh with the Commission’s Co-Chair Representative Jim McGovern, Rafida Bonya Ahmed, writer and activist and widow of Avijit Roy, and other panelists. December 1, 2015

  • USCIRF Commissioner Katrina Lantos Swett speaks with Yevgeniy Zhovtis, Board Chairman of the Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights And Rule of Law, after a USCIRF Capitol Hill briefing on human rights in Kazakhstan, November 20, 2015.

  • Dwight Bashir, USCIRF Acting Co-Director for Policy and Research, speaks at a Capitol Hill event titled "Bahrain's Stalled Path to Reform," November 16, 2015.

  • USCIRF Chairman Robert P. George testified before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at a hearing tititled "Human Rights in Egypt." November 3, 2015. Watch the hearing here

  • Commissioner Katrina Lantos Swett delivered the Distinguished Speaker Keynote at Rumi Forum 2015 Peace and Dialogue Awards Ceremony, October 27, 2015. 

  • USCIRF Chairman Robert P. George testified before a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee at a hearing titled "The Global Crisis of Religious Freedom," October 27, 2015. Watch the hearing here

  • UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres (middle), joined USCIRF Chairman Robert P. George (right) and Vice Chair Eric P. Schwartz (left) for a conversation on "The Global Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis", October 27, 2015. Watch the event 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 the interactive map below to view the status of prisoners of conscience highlighted in the Defending Freedoms Project

"A Global Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis"

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres joined USCIRF Chairman Robert P. George and Vice Chair Eric P. Schwartz at the National Press Club to discuss the unprecedented Syrian displacement and humanitarian crisis and how the U.S. government, international partners, and faith communities can respond.

Spotlight

A new study of textbooks used in Turkey's compulsory "Religious Culture and Moral Knowledge" class found both improvements and issues of concern. USCIRF sponsored this study, which was conducted by Ziya Meral, a Turkish expert and 2010 USCIRF Crapa Fellow

 

 

See more USCIRF spotlights here.

USCIRF Welcomes Release of State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report; Urges Prompt CPC Designations

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October 21, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) welcomed the October 14 release by the U.S. State Department of its International Religious Freedom Report (IRF Report) for 2014.  The IRF Report is required by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (IRFA), the same law that established USCIRF.

USCIRF Supports The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2015 (S. 2078)

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September 24, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)  supports the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2015 (S. 2078).  USCIRF, which is set to sunset on September 30, 2015, urges both the Senate and House to swiftly pass the bill.

IRAN: USCIRF Marks Three-Year Anniversary of Saeed Abedini’s Imprisonment

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September 22, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) marks the three-year anniversary of the imprisonment in Iran of Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-American pastor. Since September 26, 2012, Pastor Abedini has been jailed unjustly, allegedly for “threatening the national security of Iran.”

CHINA: USCIRF Calls on the Release of Ilham Tohti and other Prisoners of Conscience

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September 22, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) solemnly marks the one-year anniversary of the life sentence handed down to Chinese Uighur Muslim scholar Ilham Tohti for “separatism.”  USCIRF calls on the Chinese government to immediately and unconditionally release him and seven of his students who also were sentenced after a separate and secret trial.  

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