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**SAVE THE DATE** The Interplay between Religious Freedom, Extremism, and Security: Implications for U.S. Policy

WHERE: 2103 Rayburn House Office Building

WHEN: Friday, July 29, 2011 --- 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) invites you to a staff briefing, "The Interplay between Religious Freedom, Extremism, and Security: Implications for U.S. Policy” on Friday, July 29 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in Rayburn 2103.

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 Calls for Justice after Deadly Religious Violence in Egypt

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 10, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - In response to deadly religious violence in Egypt over the weekend, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is calling on the Egyptian government to conduct a thorough investigation to ensure that the perpetrators of the violence are brought to justice in civilian, not military, courts, something that has been elusive in Egypt in previous attacks on religious minorities which continues to foster an atmosphere of impunity.

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.

The Washington Post -- Christian-Muslim Tension in Egypt: Religious Freedom Must Prevail

For your consideration:

The Washington Post: Christian-Muslim Tension in Egypt: Religious Freedom Must Prevail

By Leonard Leo and Elizabeth H. Prodromou

March 16, 2011

It is not enough to advocate that Egypt’s demonstrators be heard and heeded. That alone could usher in a new form of tyranny. The United States must support actions to strengthen universal human rights, including the individual right to freedom of conscience or belief.

Testimony of Commissioner Nina Shea before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on Recent Attacks Targeting Minorities in Iraq and Egypt

Commissioner Nina Shea testifies before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on Christian Minorities Under Attack:Iraq and Egypt

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Mr. Chairman, Members of Congress, I want to thank you for the opportunity to testify before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on the worsening plight of Christian minorities in Iraq and Egypt.

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.

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