• Click here to read the 2015 Annual Report.

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

  • 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 Katrina Lantos Swett, Executive Director Jackie Wolcott and Senior Policy Analyst, Sahar Chaudhry with the Republic of Cyprus Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs, Photis Photiou, Ambassador George Chacalli, and Neophytos Constantinou, Consul/Congressional Liaison, June 9, 2015. 

  • USCIRF Chair Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett speaks at a European Parliament event on religious freedom, Brussels, June 3, 2015.

  • Dwight Bashir, Deputy Director of Policy & Research, met with Bahraini cleric Maytham Al Salman to discuss civil society coalitions, May 27, 2015.

  • USCIRF Chair Katrina Lantos Swett and Annette Lantos with Monir Khanjani and Bijan Masumian, family members of seven Baha’i leaders imprisoned in Iran, May 14, 2015.

  • USCIRF Chair Katrina Lantos Swett spoke at the Newseum Institute on April 16, 2015 at an event titled "Religious Freedom & Foreign Policy." Watch the event here. (Photo: Maria Bryk/Newseum)

  • USCIRF Chair Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett with Rebiya Kadeer, President of the World Uyghur Congress, at the Opening Ceremony of the Uyghur Youth Training Seminar, May 6, 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 Warns of Potential Religiously-Motivated Violence Around Nigeria’s Upcoming Elections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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). 

...on blasphemy laws

Many countries around the world have laws that punish expression deemed blasphemous, defamatory of religion, or contemptuous or insulting to religion or religious symbols, figures, or feelings.  The application of these laws has resulted in individuals being jailed for merely expressing a different religious belief or being falsely accused.

USCIRF Statement on flogging of Saudi blogger, Raif Badawi

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January 9, 2015 | USCIRF

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is deeply disturbed by the news that a Saudi blogger, Raif Badawi, was publicly flogged 50 times today in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia as part of a punishment for a blasphemy conviction.  USCIRF has long followed Mr. Badawi’s case, expressed its grave concern, and called for his release.

North Korea Must be Held Accountable for its Abysmal Human Rights Record

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December 22, 2014 | USCIRF

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today welcomed the UN General Assembly’s passage on December 18 of a resolution that condemns North Korea’s “ongoing systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights” and transmits a UN report on these violations to the Security Council.  The UN’s annual resolution on human rights in North Korea passed by a 116-20 vote, with 53 abstentions. 

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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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