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

  • USCIRF Chair Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett testifies before a House Oversight & Government Reform Subcommittee on "Protecting International Religious Freedom," September 18, 2014. 

  • USCIRF Chair Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett answers audience questions at the Senate Human Rights Caucus event "A Region at Risk: ISIS's Barbaric Tactics in Iraq & Syria," September 15, 2014.

  • USCIRF Commissioners Eric P. Schwartz and M. Zuhdi Jasser meet with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon, Burma, along with USCIRF Director of Policy and Research Knox Thames and East Asia Analyst Tina Mufford, August 19, 2014. 

  • USCIRF Commissioner Dr. Zuhdi Jasser testifying on 'The Troubling Case of Meriam Ibrahim,' July 23, 2014

    USCIRF Commissioner Dr. Zuhdi Jasser testifying on 'The Troubling Case of Meriam Ibrahim,' July 23, 2014

  • Vice Chairman Dr. George and National Endowment for Democracy's William Galston discussing USCIRF's 2014 Annual Report.

  • USCIRF Vice Chairman Dr. Robert P. George with other witnesses prior to their testimony before Congress on Protecting Religious Freedom: U.S. Efforts to Hold Accountable Countries of Particular Concern, May 23, 2014

  • USCIRF Commissioner Eric P. Schwartz testifies before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on "The Persecution of Religious and Indigenous Communities in Vietnam," March 22, 2014.

  • USCIRF Chair Katrina Lantos Swett and Commissioner Mary Ann Glendon, along with Jackie Wolcott and Knox Thames, at an event at the European Parliament. Also pictured are Members of the European Parliament, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, and members of the EPRID NGO coalition, February 2014

  • USCIRF Vice Chairman Dr. Robert P. George testifies before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on "Highlighting the Plight of Prisoners of Conscience around the World," January 16, 2014.

USCIRF's 2014 Annual Report

 

 

USCIRF Issues its 2014 Annual Report

15th Anniversary Retrospective:  Renewing the Commitment

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an independent federal advisory body the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) created to monitor religious freedom abuses abroad, today released its 2014 Annual Report, and recommended that the State Department add eight more nations to its list of “countries of particular concern,” defined under law as countries where particularly severe violations of religious freedom are tolerated or perpetrated: Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Vietnam

USCIRF also recommended that the following eight countries be re-designated as “countries of particular concern,” or CPCs: Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Uzbekistan

View the 2014 Annual Report presentation at the National Endowment for Democracy below.


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 here to find more information on the Defending Freedoms Project.

Top Row: Agnes Uwimana Nkusi – Rwanda , Saeed Abedini – Iran, Father Nguyen Van Ly – Vietnam

Middle Row: Gao Zhisheng – China, Nabeel Rajab – Bahrain

Bottom Row: Mahvash Sabet – Iran, Asia Bibi – Pakistan, Dawit Issac – Eritrea.

Spotlight

USCIRF conducted its first-ever Commissioner-level visit to Burma between August 19-23, 2014. Traveling to Rangoon, Mandalay, Meiktila and Naypyidaw, USCIRF met with Union and state government officials, Ran-goon-based representatives of ethnic and religious groups, representatives of non-governmental organizations, representatives of political parties, including Aung San Suu Kyi, and religious leaders. During this trip, USCIRF examined ways to promote tolerance and inclusion in light of the violations of religious freedom that have taken place, as well as the violence and discrimination religious and ethnic minorities have experienced.
 
 

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The Religious Violence Project

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has launched the Religious Violence Project to highlight violations of religious freedom abroad. Learn more here

Click here to view our August 2014 Factsheet: Violence Towards Religious Communities in Pakistan

USCIRF Staff Perspectives

USCIRF Commissioners Reappointed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 11, 2014 | USCIRF

WASHINGTON, DC – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on April 9, 2014 announced his reappointment of USCIRF Commissioner Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on March 28, 2014 announced his reappointment of USCIRF Commissioners Mary Ann Glendon and Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser to the USCIRF.

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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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