Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 3, 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) this week solemnly marks the one-year anniversary of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant's (ISIL) attacks in the Sinjar and Tal Afar districts of northern Iraq’s Ninewa Province... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 3, 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) this week marks the two-year anniversary of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s assumption of office by repeating its call to improve conditions for freedom of religion or belief... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 17, 2015  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Hundreds of people have been killed in Boko Haram terrorist attacks throughout northern Nigeria and in sectarian violence in the Middle Belt during the past two months. The July 20 meeting in Washington D.C. between President Barack... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 19, 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today commemorates World Refugee Day.  According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), nearly 60 million people are refugees or internally displaced... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 18, 2015 For Uighur Muslims in China’s autonomous region of Xinjiang, observing Ramadan – a month-long period of introspection, fasting, prayer, and devotion – is difficult, if not impossible.  The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 11, 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Robert P. George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, was elected on June 11, 2015 as Chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).  Dr. George was first appointed to... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 11, 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) wrote to King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia to urge him to pardon Raif Badawi and Waleed Abu al-Khair.  “Mr. Badawi is being unjustly held in a Saudi prison... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 8, 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) solemnly marks the one year anniversary of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) takeover of Mosul, and the hundreds of thousands of people who were killed, displaced... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 1, 2015 Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) condemns the continuing prosecution of Rev. Yat Michael and Rev. Peter Reith who face the death penalty if convicted on the baseless charges of undermining Sudan’s constitution... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 18, 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama on May 14, 2015 announced his reappointment of USCIRF Commissioner Dr. James J. Zogby.  “USCIRF is pleased with the reappointment of Dr. Zogby,” said USCIRF Chair Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett.  “He has provided the... Read More

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