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Eurasia Review -- July 4 and the Ahmadiyya - OpEd

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July 8, 2013 | By Katrina Lantos Swett

The following appeared in Eurasia Review on July 4th, 2013.

Last Saturday, on June 29, I was honored to speak in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to the Ahmadiyya Muslim American Community's 65th Annual Convention.

For the past several years, the Ahmadiyya have chosen Harrisburg for their convention, just days before America's July 4 celebration.

Remarks by USCIRF Chair Katrina Lantos Swett, 2013 Annual Report, National Endowment for Democracy

USCIRF Chair Katrina Lantos Swett gave the following remarks at a conference, cosponsored by USCIRF and the National Endowment for Democracy on May 7, 2013

Introduction

Thank you for that kind introduction.

It truly is a pleasure to join you today at the National Endowment for Democracy as we discuss USCIRF's findings and recommendations in our 2013 Annual Report, which we released just last week.

For most of us who currently serve as USCIRF commissioners, the reporting year actually was our first year on the Commission.  

USCIRF's 2013 Annual Report on the State of International Religious Freedom Identifies World's Worst Violators

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April 30, 2013| By USCIRF

Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an independent federal advisory body created by the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) to monitor religious freedom abuses abroad, today released its 2013 Annual Report. The Report highlights the status of religious freedom globally and identifies those governments that are the most egregious violators.

Did You Know...India

...that five states in India have adopted anti-conversion laws?

India’s anti-conversion laws have created a climate of intimidation against minority faiths, are difficult to enforce, and run afoul of international human rights standards and protections. They also contradict Article 25 of the Indian constitution which grants to Indian citizens the right to profess, practice and propagate their faith in a way that neither disrupts public order nor adversely affects public health and morality.

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