Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 7, 2014 | USCIRF WASHINGTON, DC – As Muslims around the world observe the holy month of Ramadan, Uighur Muslims in China face far-reaching restrictions on their religious practices.  The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) urges the Chinese... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 3, 2014 | USCIRF WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, President of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, was elected on July 1, 2014 as Chair of the United States Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).  Dr. Swett was first... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 25, 2014 | USCIRF The U.S. Commission on  International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is gravely concerned about the Sudanese government’s arrest of Meriam Ibrahim Ishag on document fraud charges and her being held with her family at a Khartoum police station... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 19, 2014 | USCIRF WASHINGTON, DC – At the recommendation of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Hannah Rosenthal was appointed to USCIRF on June 17, 2014. “USCIRF welcomes Hannah Rosenthal as our newest incoming Commissioner,” said USCIRF Chairman Dr. Robert P.... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 11, 2014 | USCIRF  Washington, D.C. – The draft of the ill-advised “Religious Conversion Law” which Burma’s parliament released for public comment would further restrict religious freedom in a country considered one of the worst by the U.S. Commission on... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 23, 2014 | USCIRF  Pope Francis will be traveling to the Holy Land this weekend amidst a spike in so-called "price tag" attacks on holy places.  In recent years, such attacks – property crimes and violent acts in retaliation for activity deemed to be anti... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 21, 2014 | USCIRF The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) finds misguided a recent bill introduced in Turkey’s parliament that would change the status of the historic Hagia Sophia in Istanbul from a museum to a mosque. USCIRF urges Prime... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 20, 2014 | USCIRF WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama on May 14, 2014 announced his intent to appoint Father Thomas J. Reese and reappoint Eric P. Schwartz to serve on the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom. “USCIRF welcomes the appointment of... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 16, 2014 | USCIRF The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) strongly condemns the death sentence against Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, a Sudanese Christian woman accused of apostasy.  Ibrahim was sentenced to death by hanging on May 15 after... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 12, 2014 | USCIRF WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on May 9 appointed Dr. Daniel I. Mark and re-appointed Dr. Robert P. George to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.  Dr. Mark will assume the Commission seat being vacated by... Read More

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