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Testimony of USCIRF Chair Leonard Leo before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights on International Religious Freedom: Strengthening its Promotion in U.S. Foreign Policy

June 3, 2011

Leonard Leo, chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, gave the following testimony before The House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights on June 3, 2011 at a hearing entitled "International Religious Freedom: Strengthening Its Promotion in U.S. Foreign Policy."

The following is an excerpt from the testimony:

AOL News -- At the UN, Obama Should Speak Out for Religious Freedom

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09/22/2012| ByLeonard A. Leo and Don Argue

The following op-ed appeared in AOL News on September 22, 2010.

(Sept. 22) -- President Barack Obama will be delivering an address on Thursday to the U.N. General Assembly and, as in previous years, it is almost certain that he will have to share the podium with a rogue's gallery of the world's most oppressive human rights and religious freedom abusers.

United Nations: USCIRF Writes Secretary Clinton Regarding Turkey, Uzbekistan...

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September 16, 2010

Washington DC - The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on Tuesday, September 14, sent the following letter to Secretary Clinton regarding her upcoming meetings with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Uzbek President Islam Karimov.

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September 14, 2010

The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC 20520

Dear Madam Secretary:

As Nigeria Assumes Presidency of UN Security Council, USCIRF Seeks End...

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July 1, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As Nigeria assumes the presidency of the UN Security Council today, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) expresses its continuing concern about the horrific sectarian violence that has wracked Nigeria for over a decade and the Nigerian government"s culture of impunity, which, significantly, includes a longstanding failure to prosecute and convict the perpetrators of that violence.

USCIRF Welcomes Decline in Support for Problematic "Defamation of Religions" Concept

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March 26, 2010

WASHINGTON D.C. - The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today welcomed the declining support in the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) for a resolution urging countries to outlaw the so-called "defamation of religions.” Though disappointed that the HRC once again passed this ill-conceived resolution, USCIRF applauds the fact that support for this concept has hit a new low.

USCIRF Condemns Passage of UN "Defamation of Religions" Resolution, but Welcomes...

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December 22, 2009

Though disappointed that the UN General Assembly has again passed a resolution urging countries to outlaw the so-called "defamation of religions,” the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today welcomed the fact that support in the world body for this pernicious idea continues to decline.

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