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USCIRF welcomed the decision of a Russian District Court in Lgov to grant parole to Dennis Christensen, a Jehovah’s Witness prisoner of conscience imprisoned for his faith since May 2017.
USCIRF calls on the governments of Thailand and Malaysia to admit boats carrying Rohingya Muslim refugees stranded at sea.
USCIRF today denounced the recent attacks by Boko Haram faction Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) against innocent civilians in northern Nigeria.
USCIRF condemned Turkey’s latest round of air strikes and ground operations (“Operation Claw-Eagle” and “Operation Claw-Tiger”) near civilian areas in northern Iraq, calling on President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to order an immediate end to these actions.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) announced on June 17 the appointment of Frederick A. Davie, Executive Vice President of the Union Theological Seminary in New York City, to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).
USCIRF released the following statement urging the Administration to immediately enforce the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, which was signed by President Donald Trump yesterday:
USCIRF today celebrated President Donald J. Trump’s signing of the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act (S.3744), thereby enacting it into law. The Senate and House of Representatives passed the bill last month.
USCIRF Chair Gayle Manchin and Vice Chair Tony Perkins met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier this month to discuss findings and recommendations from USCIRF’s 2020 Annual Report.
USCIRF today elected Gayle Manchin as its Chair to lead the Commission for 2020-2021. USCIRF Commissioners also elected its two Vice Chairs: Tony Perkins and Anurima Bhargava. In a show of continued bipartisan collegiality and support for the new Chair, the Commissioners opted to hold the election openly, rather than following the Commission’s usual procedure of voting anonymously by closed ballot.
USCIRF today released the following new report:

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