Posts Tagged ‘ U.S. Commission On International Religious Freedom ’

Textbooks in Turkey Improved, But Biased Against Non-Islamic Faiths, Study Says

Dec 29th, 2015 | By

Newly revised textbooks for schoolchildren’s mandatory religion classes in Turkey are markedly improved but still have notable shortcomings, according to a study by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).


USCIRF Welcomes Release Of Pastors In Sudan

Aug 7th, 2015 | By

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom welcomes the release from detention of Rev. Yat Michael Ruot and Rev. Peter Yein Reith. Rev. Michael was convicted of inciting hatred and Rev. Reith of breaching public peace and they were released on time served; other, more serious, charges against them were dropped.


U.S. House Reauthorizes Commission On Internatonal Religious Freedom

Jul 14th, 2014 | By
Islamic murderers in Nigeria

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom on Tuesday, with commission supporters urging more attention to religious persecution. “Given the state of religious freedom abroad today, the sobering reality is that the commission’s voice is as needed as it has ever been,” U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) said in a July 8 statement.


Obama Appoints Leftist Jesuit To U.S. Commission On International Religious Freedom

May 20th, 2014 | By

Barack Hussein Obama has just appointed Father Thomas Reese, S.J. to serve on the U.S. Commission On International Religious Freedom. Reese is a long-time liberal Catholic who has been an apologist for Obama and is frequently quoted by the secular press for a “Catholic” viewpoint.


Speaker Boehner Announces Appointments To The U.S. Commission On International Religious Freedom

May 12th, 2014 | By

On May 9, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced that he has appointed Dr. Daniel I. Mark of Villanova University and re-appointed Dr. Robert P. George to the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom.

Dr. Mark will assume the commission seat being vacated by Elliott Abrams, whose term on the commission expires May 14.  Dr. George, of Princeton University, was appointed by Speaker Boehner in 2012.


International Religious Freedom Commission Issues Its 2014 Annual Report

May 2nd, 2014 | By

he U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an independent federal advisory body the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) created to monitor religious freedom abuses abroad, today released its 2014 Annual Report, and recommended that the State Department add eight more nations to its list of “countries of particular concern,” defined under law as countries where particularly severe violations of religious freedom are tolerated or perpetrated: Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Vietnam.


Congress Can Defend Freedoms Abroad

Jan 29th, 2014 | By

I testified before the Congressional Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC)’s hearing on the Defending Freedoms Project on January 16.  The TLHRC, co-chaired by Reps. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) and Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), launched this initiative to spotlight the dire plight of prisoners of conscience abroad.  The Hill highlighted the project in a January 18 article, Lawmakers ‘adopt’ prisoners in human rights push.


Remembering International Religious Freedom Day

Oct 31st, 2013 | By

… the United States should continue its vigorous opposition to efforts at the UN to restrict speech deemed religiously offensive or controversial.  For more than a decade, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), with its annual resolutions focusing on “combating defamation of religions,” had made the HRC and General Assembly centers of activity to establish a global blasphemy law violating freedom of religion and expression. 


Canada’s Religious Freedom Work Is Timely, Needed, And Should Be Supported

Aug 16th, 2013 | By

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, where I work, has documented religious freedom violations around the world, in places as diverse as Nigeria, Egypt, Russia, Pakistan, and China. These violations stem from authoritarian repression, societal pressures, and non-state actors espousing an ideology of violent religious extremism. In addition, studies indicate that both religious belief and restrictions on religion are increasing globally, a combination that greatly increases the likelihood of conflict and instability.


USCIRF Condemns Saudi Blasphemy Sentence

Aug 1st, 2013 | By

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is deeply concerned by reports that Raif Badawi, a Saudi website editor, was convicted and sentenced on July 29 to seven years in prison and 600 lashes on blasphemy and other charges that violate international human rights standards.