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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.

Hu Jintao: Let Your People Go

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 China. There are an estimated 1,300 political and religious prisoners in China, in violation of China"s international obligations and its constitutional protections for human rights and religious freedom.

USCIRF Letter to President Obama on Egypt, Nigeria, and China

The following letter was sent to President Obama on January 14, 2011:

The President
The White House
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

I write today on behalf of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom to convey our appreciation for your recent statement condemning the violence in Egypt and Nigeria, as well as to urge you to raise religious freedom issues during the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao.

USCIRF Recommends that Secretary Clinton Raise Religious Freedom Issues in China Meetings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 29, 2010

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will make a previously unscheduled stop in China Saturday to consult with Dai Bingguo, State Councilor of the People"s Republic of China. The two will reportedly discuss a number of pressing bilateral and strategic issues, including President Hu Jintao"s January 2011 visit.

USCIRF Applauds the Awarding of the 2010 Nobel Prize to Liu Xiaobo and Urges the Obama Administration to Embrace Advancement of the Charter '08 Principles as a Prominent Part of U.S.-China Relations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 14, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) applauds the awarding of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo and urges the Obama Administration to make religious freedom and related rights a more prominent part of U.S.-China relations.

In addition, USCIRF also calls on the international community to press Beijing for the unconditional release of Liu Xiaobo and other Chinese dissidents and human rights advocates.

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