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Commission Commends Initial Congressional Action on Afghanistan; Urges More

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 13, 2002

Contact:
Eileen A. Sullivan, Deputy Director of Communications, (202) 523-3240, ext. 26

"While the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is pleased with the passage of The Afghanistan Freedom Support Act, it continues its call for President Bush or Secretary Powell to appoint a high-level official to advance human rights protections in Afghanistan, while it is still possible to influence the development of the country's new political and legal institutions," said Commission Chair Felice D. Gaer.

Appoint a High-Level Human Rights Envoy for Afghanistan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 10, 2002

Contact:
Lawrence J. Goodrich, Communications Director, (202) 523-3240, ext. 27

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent federal agency advising the Administration and Congress, today issued a statement on Afghanistan, recommending that President George W. Bush or Secretary of State Colin L. Powell immediately appoint a high-level Special Envoy to advance human rights protections in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan's Future Political System Should Ensure Religious Freedom

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2001

Contact:
Lawrence J. Goodrich, Communications Director, (202) 523-3240, ext. 27

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent government agency advising the executive branch and Congress, October 30 wrote Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, urging the Administration "to promote ... the idea of a future Afghan political system that practices religious tolerance and respects the basic human rights of all, including religious minorities and women."

Afghanistan's Future Political System Should Ensure Religious Freedom

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2001

Contact:
Lawrence J. Goodrich, Communications Director, (202) 523-3240, ext. 27

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent government agency advising the executive branch and Congress, October 30 wrote Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, urging the Administration "to promote ... the idea of a future Afghan political system that practices religious tolerance and respects the basic human rights of all, including religious minorities and women."

Testimony by Robert A. Seiple

USCIRF stamp Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

Testimony before the Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights House Committee on International Relations

Washington, DC, October 6, 1999

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