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USCIRF condemned the recent increase in harsh prison sentences handed down to members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia.
USCIRF today released the following new legislation factsheet about the limitations on the freedom of religion or belief.
USCIRF welcomed today the release of the State Department’s 2019 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom.
USCIRF commended the government of Bahrain for releasing prominent human rights advocate Nabeel Rajab and allowing him to serve the rest of his sentence under non-custodial conditions.
USCIRF today released the following new report about Vietnam.
USCIRF Chair Tony Perkins, Vice Chair Gayle Manchin, Vice Chair Nadine Maenza, Commissioner Anurima Bhargava, Commissioner James W. Carr, and Commissioner Johnnie Moore have been reappointed to serve a second term through May 14, 2022.
USCIRF today welcomed President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order on “Advancing International Religious Freedom,” which elevates the U.S. government’s prioritization of religious freedom in its foreign policy; increases foreign assistance funding to $50 million annually; expands mandatory training on international religious freedom to more federal officials; encourages the utilization of economic tools; and more explicitly integrates international religious freedom into U.S. bilateral and multilateral diplomacy.
USCIRF Commissioner James W. Carr announced today his adoptions of Deacon Zhang Wen Shi (also known as Jang Moon Seok) and Pastor A Dao, both of whom he will advocate for as part of USCIRF’s Religious Prisoners of Conscience Project. 
USCIRF condemned the arrest of Ramzan Bibi, a 55-year-old Ahmadi Muslim woman in Cheleki, Pakistan, on blasphemy charges.
USCIRF commends the passage of the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act (S.3744) in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Senate approved the bill by unanimous consent on May 14.