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Country Update - Burma: April 2018

In November 2017, USCIRF Commissioners and staff traveled to Burma (also known as Myanmar) to meet with government officials, civil society, and religious representatives in Rangoon, Mandalay, and Naypyidaw. In January 2018, USCIRF staff traveled to Dhaka and Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, to gather information on the situation of Rohingya Muslim refugees.

This document provides an overview of what USCIRF learned during these visits about the religious freedom challenges Burma faces and violations specific to Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State.

...on blasphemy laws

Many countries around the world have laws that punish expression deemed blasphemous, defamatory of religion, or contemptuous or insulting to religion or religious symbols, figures, or feelings.  The application of these laws has resulted in individuals being jailed for merely expressing a different religious belief or being falsely accused.

Remarks by USCIRF Chair Katrina Lantos Swett at Conference on Religious Freedom, Violent Religious Extremism, and Constitutional Reform in Muslim-Majority Countries

USCIRF Chair Katrina Lantos Swett gave the following remarks at a conference, cosponsored by USCIRF and Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs on December 7, 2012. 
Thank you for that kind introduction.  
I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome all of you to our new home, which happens to be right across the street from our old home.  

Testimony of Chairman Leonard A. Leo before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights on the 2011 International Religious Freedom Report

November 17, 2011 | by USCIRF

Chairman Leonard A. Leo testifies on the 2011 International Religious Freedom Report before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights


USCIRF Urges Continued Opposition to UN Anti-Blasphemy Resolution


November 18, 2010

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today urged UN delegations to vote against the draft resolution sponsored by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) on combating the so-called "defamation of religions,” recently modified to refer instead to the "vilification of religions.” A preliminary vote in the UN General Assembly's Third Committee is expected on November 22 or 23, and a final vote in the full General Assembly in December.


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