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USCIRF Mourns Death of Leading Pakistani Human Rights Defender

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) was deeply saddened to learn of the death on Sunday of Ms. Asma Jahangir, a leading human rights defender in Pakistan and a former United Nations expert on freedom of religion or belief. “Ms. Jahangir was an outspoken critic of the Pakistani government’s misuse of blasphemy laws, particularly targeting Ahmadis and Christians,” said USCIRF Chairman Daniel Mark. “She did this despite great risk to her own personal safety. She will always be remembered as a fearless advocate for human rights both in Pakistan and around the globe.”

USCIRF Letter to Secretary Kerry on the Sixteenth Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom sent the following letter to Secretary of State Kerry on April 12, 2013.

The Honorable John F. Kerry
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC 20520

Dear Secretary Kerry:

Testimony of Chairman Leonard A. Leo before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights on the 2011 International Religious Freedom Report

November 17, 2011 | by USCIRF

Chairman Leonard A. Leo testifies on the 2011 International Religious Freedom Report before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights

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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:

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