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

  • Chairman Robert P. George spoke with Mark P. Lagon, President of Freedom House, at an event titled "International Religious Freedom: An Embattled Right," September 15, 2015

  • USCIRF Vice Chair M. Zuhdi Jasser and Commissioner Daniel I. Mark meet with Malaysian Minister of Unity Joseph Kurup on August 19 in Kuala Lumpur. 

  • USCIRF Chairman Robert P. George spoke at the 67th Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, August 15, 2015 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Watch Chairman George's remarks here.

  • USCIRF Executive Director Jackie Wolcott and Director of Policy and Research Knox Thames meet with Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Parliament, July 16, 2015.

  • USCIRF Commissioner Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett speaks at a Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs event on religious freedom alongside Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Ken Starr, President of Baylor University, July 16, 2015. 

  • USCIRF Commissioner Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett speaks at an International Campaign for Tibet event on Capitol Hill on "America and the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet," July 7, 2015.

  • USCIRF Commissioner Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett met with Matteo Mecacci, President of the International Campaign for Tibet, to discuss religious freedom conditions within Tibet, June 12, 2015.

  • USCIRF Commissioner Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett delivered remarks on Capitol Hill at an event hosted by Coptic Solidarity, June 11, 2015. 

  • USCIRF Chair Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett speaks at a European Parliament event on religious freedom, Brussels, June 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

Reporting on Religious Persecution: A Global Challenge

USCIRF Chairman Robert P. George and Commissioner Katrina Lantos Swett participated in the first event of the Newseum’s Freedom Week which focused on “Reporting on Religious Persecution: A Global Challenge.” The panel discussion featured journalists and human rights advocates who discussed the perils of reporting on threats to religious freedom around the world. Watch the event below:


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... Read More

Mosul: One Year Later


June 8, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) solemnly marks the one year anniversary of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) takeover of Mosul, and the hundreds of thousands of people who were killed, displaced, or forced to seek refuge in neighboring countries. These former residents of Mosul are among the more than two million Iraqis who fled their homes due to ISIL’s offensive. 

USCIRF Denounces Attack on Ismaili Muslims in Pakistan


May 14, 2015 | USCIRF 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Pakistani Taliban splinter group now reportedly affiliated with ISIL, on May 13 murdered at least 45 Ismaili Muslims in Karachi.  The killers boarded a bus transporting Ismailis and shot riders at point blank range.  Ismailism comes from a branch of Shi'a Islam, and the Pakistani Taliban and other terrorist groups regularly target Shi'a mosques and processions, as well as Christians and Hindus.

Uzbekistan: Ten Years after the Andijon Tragedy


May 13, 2015 | USCIRF

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Andijon massacre.  On May 13, 2005, as many as 1,000 people were killed when Uzbek soldiers fired indiscriminately and without warning into a crowd of demonstrators in the city of Andijon during a largely peaceful protest in support of 23 local businessmen on trial for alleged ties to Islamic extremism.


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