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November 7, 2017   •   

Next Ambassador for International Religious Freedom Needs Only Senate Approval

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has just one more hurdle to pass on his way to assuming the position of Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.

October 27, 2017   •   

Commemorating International Religious Freedom Day and the 19th Anniversary of the International Religious Freedom Act

Did you know? Today is International Religious Freedom Day.

October 19, 2017   •   

Blasphemy Laws: Religious Suppression and Political Authoritarianism

Elizabeth Cassidy and Andrew Kornbluth from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) presented the Commission’s findings on the world’s blasphemy laws October 17 at a conference held at the Newseum’s Knight Conference Center in Washington D.C.

October 18, 2017   •   

USCIRF Vice Chairwoman Testifies Before the House That Religious Freedom Violations Have Security Implications for the United States

Kristina Arriaga, Vice Chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), testified before the National Security Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee October 18 on the “government’s role in protecting international religious freedom.

July 29, 2017   •   

President Trump Nominates Kansas Governor Sam Brownback for Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom (IRF)

If the Senate approves his nomination as Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback will face unprecedented challenges in discharging his new responsibilities.

July 29, 2017   •   

Trump’s New Religious Freedom Chief Has His Work Cut Out For Him

The nomination of Governor Sam Brownback for ambassador at-large for international religious freedom (IRF) provides a bright light of hope for those suffering religious persecution throughout the world.

May 30, 2017   •   

USCIRF Chair Testifies at “Freedom of Belief: Countering Religious Violence” Hearing

“Today’s hearing is especially timely given the rise in religious extremism and increased restrictions on religious freedom worldwide,” said Thomas J. Reese, S.J., chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, addressing the U.S. Congress Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission May 24.

May 18, 2017   •   

“Grave Concerns” about Russia’s Repressive Policies Prompts Action

The U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom has added Russia to its list of “Countries of Particular Concern” (CPC) for the first time in two decades, prompted by the country’s recent repression of the rights of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

May 15, 2017   •   

Forum to Focus on Religious Freedom Report and Prisoners of Conscience

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) 2017 Annual Report, published April 26, is the subject of a May 17 forum in Washington, D.C. USCIRF Commissioners will speak at the event moderated by Religion News Service CEO Tom Gallagher.

February 1, 2017   •   

Editorial Urges U.S. to Take ‘Firm and Resolute Stand’ for International Religious Liberty

A recent Op-Ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer by U.S. State Department religious freedom leaders points to an important nexus in religious freedom abuses and other points of national security.

October 27, 2016   •   

International Religious Freedom Day

Today, October 27, is International Religious Freedom Day. This year it commemorates the 17th anniversary of the enactment of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (IRFA). The International Religious Freedom Act was passed by an overwhelmingly bipartisan initiative in the U.S.

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