Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 1, 2011 WASHINGTON, DC -The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is now accepting applications for its 2011-2012 Joseph R. Crapa Fellowship Program. The application deadline is April 18, 2011. The funded fellowships are... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 21, 2011 Washington D.C. - The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) condemns the recent spate of attacks in Iraq against Shi"a Muslims commemorating Arbaeen, a Shi"a holiday commemorating the death of the Prophet"s grandson. On Thursday... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 19, 2011 Washington, DC - As President Hu Jintao began his visit to the United States yesterday, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) urges President Obama to raise the cases of prominent religious prisoners and human rights lawyers in... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 18, 2011 WASHINGTON, D.C. - As President Hu Jintao arrives in the United States, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) releases its recent letter to President Obama urging him to "clearly speak” about why religious freedom is in the... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 9, 2011 WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) welcomes the start of voting for the referendum on self-determination for Southern Sudan, during which Southerners in Sudan and abroad will vote to remain in a unified... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 7, 2011 WASHINGTON, D.C. - The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today expressed concern over the fate of scores of Christians detained since Christmas in Tehran. They were informally accused of being "evangelical missionaries,... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 7, 2011 WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Leonard Leo, chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), will be holding a joint press conference on Monday, January 10, at the Alexandria, Virginia voting station to observe the... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 4, 2011 WASHINGTON, D.C. - The governor of Punjab province in Pakistan, Salman Taseer, was murdered today by one of his bodyguards. Reportedly, the attacker cited Taseer"s vocal opposition to the blasphemy law as his motivation for the killing. "The U... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 4, 2011 WASHINGTON, D.C. - On New Year's Day, a suicide bomber attacked a Coptic Orthodox Church in Alexandria, Egypt, killing at least 21 and wounding scores more. Reports indicate that 20 people have been detained for questioning, but it is unclear whether... Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 3, 2011 The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today expressed concern that Greek Orthodox Christians were refused the right to celebrate a Christmas Liturgy service in the village of Rizokarpaso, in the area of the Republic of Cyprus... Read More

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