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USCIRF Statement on UN’s Adoption of Resolution Establishing Day to Commemorate Victims of Violence Based on Religion

WASHINGTON -- In response to the United Nations (UN) General Assembly’s adoption by consensus on Tuesday of a resolution designating August 22 as the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief...

USCIRF Mourns Death of Leading Pakistani Human Rights Defender

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) was deeply saddened to learn of the death on Sunday of Ms. Asma Jahangir, a leading human rights defender in Pakistan and a former United Nations expert on freedom of religion or belief. “Ms. Jahangir was an outspoken critic of the Pakistani government’s misuse of blasphemy laws, particularly targeting Ahmadis and Christians,” said USCIRF Chairman Daniel Mark. “She did this despite great risk to her own personal safety. She will always be remembered as a fearless advocate for human rights both in Pakistan and around the globe.”

USCIRF Letter to Secretary Kerry on the Sixteenth Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom sent the following letter to Secretary of State Kerry on April 12, 2013.

The Honorable John F. Kerry
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC 20520

Dear Secretary Kerry:


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