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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 8, 2020 USCIRF Releases New Report about Human Rights Advocacy and the North Korea Nuclear Impasse
USCIRF expressed concern about the health and wellbeing of Dennis Christensen, a Jehovah’s Witness prisoner of conscience still imprisoned in Russia. Christensen was granted parole on June 23, but USCIRF has learned that prosecutor Aleksei Shatunov subsequently appealed the decision. Christensen will remain in prison while a new hearing is scheduled, which could take weeks.
USCIRF today welcomed the decision by the U.S. Departments of State, Treasury, Commerce, and Homeland Security to issue a business advisory on the risks of supply chains that rely on the forced labor of Uyghur, Kazakh, and other Muslims in Xinjiang and elsewhere in China.
USCIRF welcomed the release of Pastor Ramón Rigal in Cuba. Pastor Rigal was detained with his wife Ayda Expósito on April 16, 2019 for homeschooling their children over concerns about Cuban schools’ promotion of socialism and atheism. They were later sentenced for crimes including “other acts against the normal development of a minor.” Expósito was released from prison this past April.
USCIRF today released the following new report:
USCIRF warned that the Chinese government’s repressive population control measures against Uyghur and other Muslims—including forced sterilization—might meet the legal criteria for genocide under international law.
USCIRF commends the U.S. government for committing $356.2 million towards development aid and  democratic transition programs in Sudan.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 26, 2020 USCIRF Expresses Concern about National Security Legislation’s Threat to Religious Freedom in Hong Kong
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.

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