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  • USCIRF Chair Rev. Thomas J. Reese, S.J. Welcome to USCIRF

  • USCIRF Chair Thomas J. Reese, S.J. and Commissioner Jackie Wolcott met with a Coptic Solidarity delegation to discuss the plight of Copts in Egypt, March 22, 2017.

  • USCIRF Chair Thomas J. Reese, S.J and Commissioner Jackie Wolcott meet with a Nigerian delegation of National Assembly Members, March 23, 2017

    USCIRF Chair Thomas J. Reese, S.J and Commissioner Jackie Wolcott meet with a Nigerian delegation of National Assembly Members, March 22, 2017.

  • USCIRF Commissioner Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz with Representative Chris Smith and Pastor Edward Awabdeh of Damascus, Syria at an International Religious Freedom Caucus event titled "Iraq and Syria after ISIS and the Fate of Religious Minorities," March 21, 2017. 

  • USCIRF Commissioner Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz with the Honorable Frank Wolf at a Capitol Hill event titled "U.S. Foreign Policy and International Religious Freedom: Recommendations for the Trump Administration and the U.S. Congress," March 20, 2017. 

  • USCIRF Commissioner Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz speaking at a Captiol Hill event marking the one-year anniversary of the State Department's ISIS genocide declaration, March 16, 2017. 

  • USCIRF Chair Thomas J. Reese, S.J. and Commissioner Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz with Kyrgyz Republic's Ambassador to the United States and Canada, Kadyr Toktogulov, March 9, 2017. 

  • USCIRF Chair Thomas J. Reese, S.J. and Commissioner Jackie Wolcott met with Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, March 1, 2017

  • USCIRF Chair Thomas J. Reese, S.J. with U Aung Lynn, Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, February 21, 2017

    USCIRF Chair Thomas J. Reese, S.J. with U Aung Lynn, Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, February 21, 2017

  • USCIRF Chair Thomas J. Reese, S.J. participating in a Religion News Service event on "Tolerance: A Key To Religious Freedom" (Photo courtesy of RNS/Cathy Grossman), February 9, 2017

USCIRF 2016 Annual Report

United States Commission on International Religious FreedomThe U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released its 2016 Annual Report on May 2, 2016. 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 nine countries be re-designated as “countries of particular concern,” or CPCs: Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

In addition, USCIRF also recommends ten countries as Tier 2 Countries, those countries whose governments engages in or tolerates at least one of the elements of the "systematic, ongoing, and egregious" standard, but do not fully meet the CPC standard: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Laos, Malaysia, Russia, and Turkey. Other Countries Monitored include: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Horn of Africa, Kyrgyzstan, Western Europe.

Barriers to Protection

Report cover of Barriers to Protection

USCIRF on August 2, 2016 released a new report, Barriers to Protection: The Treatment of Asylum Seekers in Expedited Removal, which highlights serious problems with the U.S. government's treatment of asylum seekers in Expedited Removal. View the report here. USCIRF presented findings from the report at an August 3, 2016 event with Human Rights First. Watch the event here

USCIRF Issues Reports on Religious Freedom Violations in Burma

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released two reports highlighting Burma’s serious religious freedom challenges:

BURMA: USCIRF Calls for the Protection of Religious and Ethnic Minorities During Post-Election Period and Beyond

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November 13, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) calls on the government of Burma to protect religious and ethnic minorities during the post-election period and beyond.  Although Election Day largely was peaceful, the underlying electoral process was deeply flawed given the disturbing interjection of religion, the 25 percent reservation for the military of unelected seats, and the disenfranchisement of Rohingya Muslims. 

Tajikistan: USCIRF Criticizes Crackdown on Religious Freedom

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November 2, 2015

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today criticized the Tajik government’s ongoing efforts to control religious activities, especially those of the country’s majority Muslim population. These efforts include the recent ban of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) due to allegations of extremism, the arrest of some 200 IRPT activists, and the alleged torture and other human rights abuses committed against IRPT detainees. 

Testimony of USCIRF Chairman Robert P. George on "The Crisis of International Religious Freedom"

USCIRF Chairman Robert P. George testified on October 27, 2015 before Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee at a hearing titled "The Global Crisis of Religious Freedom,"

Read Testimony before the Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations Subcommittee Of the House Foreign Affairs Committee On The Global Crisis of Religious Freedom & Its Challenge to U.S. Foreign Policy

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.

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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.

What We're About

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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