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USCIRF expressed its concern over reports that religious minority groups from around the world have faced discrimination because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Religious communities have been harassed and accused of bringing COVID-19 to their countries.
USCIRF welcomed the release of Adya Expósito Leyva, the wife of Pastor Ramón Rigal.
USCIRF reiterated its call for the Vietnamese government to release Nguyen Bac Truyen, one of USCIRF’s religious prisoners of conscience. 
USCIRF expressed its dismay at the Sindh High Court of Pakistan overturning the death penalty against Omar Saeed Sheikh for the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. 
USCIRF expressed its concern over reports of the provincial government of Balochistan, Pakistan targeting Hazara Shi’a for the spread of coronavirus.
USCIRF expressed its alarm over the deteriorating conditions and continued violence in Rakhine State following the January 23, 2020 provisional ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). 
USCIRF is deeply saddened by the presumed death of Robert Levinson, one of USCIRF’s religious prisoners of conscience.
USCIRF strongly condemns today’s Islamic State terrorist attack against a Sikh gurdwara in Kabul and expresses its deepest condolences to the victims and their families.
USCIRF decries Sunday’s verdict by a Houthi Appeals court that re-affirms a death sentence against Yemeni Baha’i leader and USCIRF religious prisoner of conscience Hamid bin Haydara. 
This factsheet documents how the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has affected religious freedom in many parts of the world.