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USCIRF Comment on the State Department's Designation of "Countries of Particular Concern" and Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

September 13, 2011 | By USCIRF

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) welcomes the designation of "countries of particular concern” (CPCs) by the Obama administration and its release of the Annual Report on International Religious Freedom.USCIRF urges increased U.S. government action to promote freedom of religion or belief.

China: Vice President Should Speak Out on Religious Freedom Cases

The following letter was sent to the Vice President:

August 15, 2010

The Vice President
Old Executive Office Building
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. Vice President

I write today on behalf of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom to wish you well on your upcoming trip to China. During your trip, we urge you to continue to speak candidly to Chinese leaders about the importance of religious freedom in U.S.-China relations and to be a strong voice for those imprisoned for peaceful advocacy of universal freedoms.

Harvard International Review -- Protecting Religious Freedom Abroad

July 1, 2011 | by Leonard A. Leo and Elizabeth H. Prodromou

The following article appeared in the Harvard International Review. To access this article, go to http://hir.harvard.edu/protecting-religious-freedom-abroad

For much of the world, there is no greater human right than the freedom to practice one"s religion or belief system according to the dictates of conscience, without fear of coercion or retaliation.

Testimony of USCIRF Chair Leonard Leo before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights on International Religious Freedom: Strengthening its Promotion in U.S. Foreign Policy

June 3, 2011

Leonard Leo, chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, gave the following testimony before The House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights on June 3, 2011 at a hearing entitled "International Religious Freedom: Strengthening Its Promotion in U.S. Foreign Policy."

The following is an excerpt from the testimony:

USCIRF Identifies World's Worst Religious Freedom Violators: Egypt Cited for First Time

April 28, 2011 | by USCIRF

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today released its 2011 Annual Report and recommended that the Secretary of State name the following nations "countries of particular concern” or CPCs: Burma, China, Egypt, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.

For the first time, USCIRF recommended that Egypt be designated a CPC.

China: USCIRF Urges Halt to Detentions During Easter, Roll-back of New Efforts to Control Religious Groups

For Immediate Release
April 20, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During Christianity's holiest week, China has renewed pressure on Christians who refuse to subject themselves to government control. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) urges the Chinese government to allow all Easter services to proceed without harassment or detentions, including planned public worship by Beijing's Shouwang Church.

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