Press Releases & Statements
5/19/17: RUSSIA: Release Bagir Kazikhanov
USCIRF Commissioner John Ruskay tells the Russian Government to "stop equating peaceful religious behavior with terrorism or extremism and immediately release Bagir Kazikhanov."
5/15/17: Open Letter from USCIRF Commissioner Jackie Wolcott to Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh and Mrs. Tran Thi Hong
"Dear Pastor Chinh and Mrs. Hong: I write to you as a Commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and a person of faith who is deeply concerned about your well-being."
5/12/17: INDONESIA: USCIRF Denounces the Recent Conviction and Sentencing of Jakarta’s Governor for Blasphemy
USCIRF calls for the release of those accused of or convicted of blasphemy stating that blasphemy "laws are used to intimidate and harass individuals, including religious dissenters and minorities and violate their freedom of religion and belief.”
5/9/17: CUBA: USCIRF Condemns the Expulsion of Félix Yuniel Llerena López from the University of Cuba
CUBA: USCIRF Condemns the Expulsion of Félix Yuniel Llerena López from the University of Cuba. “I call on the Cuban government to immediately cease its harassment of Félix Llerena and his fellow religious freedom advocates,” stated USCIRF Chair Thomas J. Reese, S.J.
4/26/17: USCIRF Releases 2017 Annual Report
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 26, 2017 USCIRF Releases 2017 Annual Report USCIRF Recommends Russia be Designated a Country of Particular Concern
4/25/17: Open Letter from USCIRF Commissioner Tenzin Dorjee to the Panchen Lama on his Birthday (April 25)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 20, 2017 RUSSIA: Supreme Court Outlaws the Jehovah’s Witnesses USCIRF Condemns Russian Supreme Court Decision Banning the Jehovah’s Witnesses
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4, 2017
3/15/17: SYRIA: Six Years of War
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 15, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 8, 2017