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

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.

Hearing on Sectarian Violence in Iraq and the Refugee Crisis: Testimony by Judy Cheng-Hopkins, UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Operations

September 19, 2007


I would like to thank the Commission for the opportunity to appear before you on behalf of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. UNHCR is charged by the international community to ensure refugee protection and to identify durable solutions to refugee situations.

USCIRF Concerned by UN Human Rights Council's Stance on Religion Rapporteur, Calls for Rigorous U.S. Action

Oct. 12, 2007

Judith Ingram, Communications Director,
(202) 523-3240, ext. 127

WASHINGTON-The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom today expressed disappointment that the UN Human Rights Council concluded its latest session without extending the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Freedom of Religion or Belief, and urged the U.S. government to take more vigorous action to support and advocate for the renewal of a strong mandate for the Special Rapporteur.

USCIRF Marks 25th Anniversary of UN Declaration on Elimination of Religious Intolerance

November 22, 2006

Angela Stephens, Assistant Communications Director,
(202) 523-3240

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), a bipartisan, independent federal agency, today marks the 25thanniversary of the  United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief , which was adopted Nov. 25, 1981.

USCIRF welcomes State Dept announcement on Geneva China res.; deplores China's response

March 23, 2004

Anne Johnson, Director of Communications, (202) 523-3240, ext. 27

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) welcomes the news that the United States will introduce a resolution on China at the 2004 United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva this month. The USCIRF also deplores China's decision in response to suspend all discussions with the United States on human rights issues.


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