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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 23, 2020 USCIRF Welcomes House Passage of Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act
USCIRF congratulated Commissioner Nury Turkel who was named one of the 2020 TIME100, which is TIME magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Commissioner Turkel was appointed to USCIRF in May 2020 by Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.
USCIRF today reiterated its recommendation that the U.S. government commit to resettling 95,000 vulnerable refugees in the United States in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, including survivors of religious persecution. 
USCIRF today welcomed the release of A Dao, a pastor of the Montagnard Evangelical Church of Christ. Vietnamese authorities had arrested him on August 18, 2016, after he returned to Vietnam from a conference about religious freedom in East Timor.
USCIRF Commissioner Frederick A. Davie announced today his adoptions of Mubarak Bala and Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, both of whom he will advocate for as part of USCIRF’s Religious Prisoners of Conscience Project. 
USCIRF today welcomed the decision by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to issue five new Withhold Release Orders (WRO) due to concerns about forced labor and religious freedom violations in the region aimed towards Uyghur and other Muslims.
USCIRF congratulated the government of Vietnam on its National Day, and encouraged the government to take steps to improve religious freedom conditions in the country.
USCIRF today released the following new legislation factsheet about conscientious objection, which is the right to refuse military service based on religious beliefs:
USCIRF today marked the third anniversary of the Burmese military’s violent and brutal campaign against the Rohingya people that continues to this day.