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  • On April 26, 2017, USCIRF released its 2017 Annual Report. The 2017 Annual Report documents religious freedom violations in 37 countries, makes country-specific recommendations, and assesses the U.S. government’s implementation of the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA). Click here to view the report.

  • Click here to learn more about the Commissioners of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, April 2017

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

  • USCIRF Chair Thomas J. Reese, S.J. and Commissioners Kristina Arriaga and Jackie Wolcott meet with a delegation of Cuban religious leaders. From left to right: Félix Yuniel Llerena López, Reverend Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso, Raudel García Bringas, and Rev. Yiorvis Bravo Denis, April 20, 2017.

  • USCIRF Commissioners meet with representatives from the Baha'is of the United States and relatives of Baha'is imprisoned in Iran for their beliefts, April 5, 2017.

  • USCIRF launched its Prisoners of Conscience Project on April 6, 2017. The Project highlights individuals imprisoned for exercising their freedom of religion or belief, as well as the dedicated advocacy of USCIRF Commissioners working for their release. 

  • USCIRF Commissioners meet with UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, April 5, 2017.

  • Commissioner Jackie Wolcott meets with Grover Joseph Rees, Ambassador, Retired and Nguyen Dinh Thanh of Boat People SOS about Vietnamese prisoner of conscience Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh, March 31, 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 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.

Launch of Prisoner of Conscience Project

On April 6, 2017, USCIRF launched its Prisoners of Conscience Project at the Captiol Hill Visitor Center. Watched the full event below. 

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

2017 Annual Report

2017 Annual ReportThe U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released its 2017 Annual Report on April 25, 2017.

In the report, USCIRF recommends that the State Department add these ten 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: BurmaChinaEritreaIranNorth KoreaSaudi ArabiaSudanTajikistanTurkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

USCIRF also finds that six other countries meet the CPC standard and should be so designated: Central African RepublicNigeriaPakistanRussiaSyria, and Vietnam.

Prisoner of Conscience Project

USCIRF's Prisoner of Conscience Project highlights individuals imprisoned for exercising their freedom of religion or belief, as well as the dedicated advocacy of USCIRF Commissioners working for their release. Click the below photos for more information on the prisoners, and the Commissioners' efforts on their behalfs.
             Iran                             Eritrea                        China
        
Maryam Naghash Zargaran   Patriarch Abune Antonios     Gulmira Imin
                                Burma                          Saudi Arabia
       
             Zaw Zaw Latt and Pwint Phyu Latt            Raif Badawi
                Iran                           Russia                        Iran        
           
      Fariba Kamalabadi             Bagir Kazikhanov             Mahvash Sabet
                    China                                   Vietnam
     
          Gedhun Choekyi Nyima    Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh and Tran Thi Hong

Prisoner of Conscience List

Click here for USCIRF's Prisoner of Conscience List which is mandated by Public Law 114-281, the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act.

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.

IRAN: USCIRF Marks Three-Year Anniversary of Saeed Abedini’s Imprisonment

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September 22, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) marks the three-year anniversary of the imprisonment in Iran of Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-American pastor. Since September 26, 2012, Pastor Abedini has been jailed unjustly, allegedly for “threatening the national security of Iran.”

CHINA: USCIRF Calls on the Release of Ilham Tohti and other Prisoners of Conscience

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September 22, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) solemnly marks the one-year anniversary of the life sentence handed down to Chinese Uighur Muslim scholar Ilham Tohti for “separatism.”  USCIRF calls on the Chinese government to immediately and unconditionally release him and seven of his students who also were sentenced after a separate and secret trial.  

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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.

We are about freedom

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