FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 21, 2019
USCIRF Statement on Release of State Department’s 2018 International Religious Freedom Report
WASHINGTON, DC – In response to the release of the 2018 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom by the State Department, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Chair Tony Perkins issued the following statement:
“We are pleased that the State Department is committed to improving religious freedom conditions throughout the world. We look forward to learning, within the mandated 90 days, which countries will be designated as countries of particular concern (CPC) or will be put on the Special Watch list, and which nonstate actors will be designated as entities of concern (EPC).
We encourage the State Department to refrain from using preexisting sanctions or indefinite waivers that provide little or no incentive for governments of CPC-designated countries to reduce or halt egregious religious freedom violations.”
The State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom Report covers nearly 200 countries, 28 of which are analyzed in USCIRF’s Annual Report on the world’s worst offenders against freedom of religion or belief.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is an independent, bipartisan federal government entity established by the U.S. Congress to monitor, analyze and report on threats to religious freedom abroad. USCIRF makes foreign policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State and Congress intended to deter religious persecution and promote freedom of religion and belief. To interview a Commissioner, please contact USCIRF at Media@USCIRF.gov or Kellie Boyle at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1-703-898-6554.