FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 18, 2019
USCIRF Welcomes U.S. State Department Announcement of Second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom
WASHINGTON, DC – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today welcomed the U.S. State Department’s announcement that it will hold the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom July 16-18, 2019. The Ministerial will build on the accomplishments of last year’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, the first ever, which brought together foreign governments officials, religious leaders, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and survivors of religious persecution from around the globe. USCIRF had the privilege of participating in last year’s Ministerial through hosting a workshop on securing U.S. government funding for NGOs and a public event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the International Religious Freedom Act.
USCIRF Chair Tenzin Dorjee said, “I applaud the State Department for its continued commitment to advancing religious freedom internationally through this Ministerial, which will bring together key voices from around the world. My fellow Commissioners and I look forward to cooperating with the State Department to build on existing partnerships and advance the basic right of religious freedom for people of all faiths and none through this important event.”
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is an independent, bipartisan federal government entity established by the U.S. Congress to monitor, analyze and report on threats to religious freedom abroad. USCIRF makes foreign policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State and Congress intended to deter religious persecution and promote freedom of religion and belief. To interview a Commissioner, please contact USCIRF at Media@USCIRF.gov or Kellie Boyle at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1-703-898-6554.