• Click here to read the 2015 Annual Report.

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

  • 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.  

  • 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. 

  • Executive Director Jackie Wolcott and Director of Policy and Research Knox Thames meet with Volker Kauder of the German Bundestag, Berlin, February 5, 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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Turkey: Reopen Halki

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November 20, 2014 | USCIRF

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today urged the Turkish government to reopen the Greek Orthodox Halki Seminary, the only Greek Orthodox educational institution in Turkey, which was closed 43 years ago this month.  Halki remains closed despite Turkish government officials’ promises and public statements of support for its reopening.

China: USCIRF Condemns Harsh Sentence for Ilham Tohti

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September 25, 2014 | USCIRF

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) strongly condemns the life sentence handed down to respected Uighur Muslim scholar Ilham Tohti for “separatism.”  The conditions of his detention and trial as well as his sentence clearly violate international law and call into question China’s claim to be a country based on the rule of law.

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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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