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  • On April 28, USCIRF released its 2020 Annual Report: Key Findings and Recommendations. Read more here or watch here.

  • USCIRF Chair Tony Perkins and Commissioner Anurima Bhargava travelled to Sudan on February 26-March 1, 2020 to assess post-revolution progress toward greater religious freedom. Read more here.

  • USCIRF Vice Chairs Gayle Manchin and Nadine Maenza traveled to Baku and Quba, Azerbaijan from February 24-28, 2020 to meet with Azerbaijani government officials, religious communities, civil society representatives, and human rights defenders to assess religious freedom conditions and discuss the impact of Azerbaijan’s religion law on the ability of individuals and communities to exercise their freedom of religion. Read more here

  • On March 4, 2020, USCIRF held a hearing on Citizenship Laws and Religions Freedom. Read more here.

  • Senator Jacky Rosen and USCIRF Commissioners speak at USCIRF's hearing on Anti-Semitism on January 8, 2020. Read more here.

What's New at USCIRF

USCIRF today welcomed the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board’s decision to prevent funds from the federal government employee retirement savings programs from being invested in Chinese corporations. The board had proposed to allow investments in an international fund that included several Chinese companies, including Hikvision, credibly implicated in serious religious freedom violations. read more
USCIRF today reiterated its call for the State Department to fill the vacancy for the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues. The appointment of the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues is mandated by the Tibetan Policy Act of 2002, however, this position has been vacant since January 20, 2017.  read more
USCIRF released the following new country update on religious freedom conditions in Bangladesh. read more
USCIRF welcomed the Pakistani government’s recent establishment of the National Commission for Minorities. read more

Mubarak Bala (Photo courtesy of Humanists International)

USCIRF today expressed its deep concern regarding the recent arrest of Mubarak Bala, president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria. read more

Religious Prisoners of Conscience Project

USCIRF's Religious Prisoner of Conscience Project highlights individuals imprisoned for exercising their freedom of religion or belief, as well as the dedicated advocacy of USCIRF Commissioners working for their release. Please click the photos below for more information on the prisoners, and the Commissioners' efforts on their behalfs.
 

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Recent Publications

A Survey of 2017-2018 Saudi Middle and High School Textbooks catalogs the offending laws found in a wide range of countries. This follow-on contracted study reviews 22 middle and high school textbooks published by the Saudi government for the 2017-2018 academic year, including the 12 high school books previously reviewed by USCIRF in its May 2018 Special Report.

Central Nigeria: Overcoming Dangerous Speech and Endemic Religious Divides examines how dangerous speech and polarizing narratives in Nigeria have fueled violence, discrimination and segregation between Muslims and Christians for decades, particularly in central Nigeria, and how these dynamics have contributed to violence and religious freedom violations.

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USCIRF Summit on International Religious Freedom

On April 18, 2018, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) hosted a summit commemorating the 20th anniversary of the passage of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 in Washington D.C. 
The summit included a plenary to discuss the “State of the Union” of international religious freedom followed by two panels featuring distinguished guests discussing strategies for achieving positive change for religious freedom and prisoners of conscience around the world.

A link to the live Twitter recording of the event can be found here.

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Who We Are

USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan federal government entity established by the U.S. Congress to monitor, analyze and report on threats to freedom of religion or belief abroad. USCIRF makes policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State and Congress intended to deter religious persecution and promote freedom of religion or belief.

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