USCIRF Asks 20 Questions on Religious Freedom for China's Universal Periodic Review
China will go through its second human rights review at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. During this review, which is called the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), countries will be able to ask questions of China during its review.
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...On Human Rights Day
On December 10, 1948, 48 nations in the UN General Assembly adopted a remarkable document that is as relevant today as it was then: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). View USCIRF's Human Rights Day op-ed here.
Find out more about the current status human rights, particularly religious freedom, around the world in USCIRF’s 2013 annual report.
USCIRF’s Religious Violence Project
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has launched the Religious Violence Project to highlight violations of religious freedom abraod. To date, the project has issued the following:
Nigeria: Nigeria: Boko Haram’s Religiously-Motivated Attacks, August 2013 Factsheet. Click here to view the factsheet.
USCIRF's 2013 Annual Report
USCIRF’s 2013 Annual Report highlights the status of religious freedom globally and identifies those governments that are the most egregious violators. USCIRF recommends that the Secretary of State redesignate Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Uzbekistan as CPCs. USCIRF also finds that seven other countries meeting the CPC threshold and should be so designated: Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Vietnam. USCIRF also has found that the following eight countries meet the Tier 2 standard in this reporting period: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Laos, and Russia.
Click here to view the Presentation and Discussion of USCIRF's 2013 Annual Report at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
USCIRF Staff Perspectives
- Rouhani Should Give Priority To Religious Freedom in Iran, Al Monitor, by Dwight Bashir - September 18, 2013
For more perspectives, click here.
Who We Are
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. USCIRF reviews the facts and circumstances of religious freedom violations and makes policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress. USCIRF Commissioners are appointed by the President and the Congressional leadership of both political parties.
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…
Freedom of thought and conscience
Freedom of religion or belief
Freedom of expression, association, and assembly
Why Religious Freedom Matters
Religious Freedom Is...
Our first freedom, part of our history and identity as a free nation and enshrined in our First Amendment
A core human right recognized by international law and treaty
A necessary component of our nation’s foreign policy and commitment to defend democracy and freedom globally
A vital element of our national security, critical to ensuring a more peaceful, prosperous, and stable world