The historic city of Berlin will host an historic international conference on religious freedom this week. Chiefly organized by the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America, the conference's...Show More Summary
Suzanne Johnson Cook, the U.S.'s Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, has resigned from the position after less than two years on the job.
This month marks the 15-year anniversary of the passage of he International Religious Freedom Act (IRF Act), which among other things created the position of ambassador at large for international religious freedom and an office of the same name at the State Department. Show More Summary
In a bipartisan op-ed in the Washington Post, Robert P. George, Republican chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), and Democratic Vice Chair Katrina Lantos Swett, urged the Obama administration to renew its concern about six countries with serious religious freedom problems.
Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, Vice Chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), called on the State Department to reconsider Saudi Arabia's religious freedom violations and identified with Raif Badawi, a Saudi website editor, who was sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes on Monday.
Princeton Professor Robert P. George, newly elected chair of the United States Council on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), said his group must act as America's conscience for religious liberty, which is a fundamental part of human dignity.
Yesterday, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) called on the nation of Kazakhstan to release two prisoners, one of whom is there because he's a public atheist: 63-year-old Aleksandr Kharlamov (seen above)Show More Summary
On Tuesday, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) announced the election of its new chair, Princeton Professor of Jurisprudence Robert P. George, and Vice-Chairs M. Zuhdi Jasser and Katrina Lantos Swett, who highlighted the increasing threats to religious freedom around the world.
-Submitted by David Drumm (Nal), Guest Blogger The U.S. State Department recently released its 2012 International Religious Freedom Report. The report acknowledges the rights of non-believers: “Whether it be a single deity, or multiple deities, or no deities at all, freedom to believe–including the freedom not to believe–is a universal human right.” The report also […]
Dr. Firuz Kazemzadeh is professor emeritus of history at Yale and a former commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. “I’ve never seen my mother so heartbroken as when she returned from her visit to Evin prison … Continue reading ?
In a recent Corner post, I reviewed some of the good things about the new State Department International Religious Freedom Report, released on May 20. Now some bad news. The report very properly highlights growing anti-Semitism worldwide,...Show More Summary
There is good news about the State Department International Religious Freedom Report, released on May 20. First, the report is, by and large an excellent resource. While slightly slimmer than in most previous years, it is still the most comprehensive overview of religious freedom and persecution on the planet. There is more good news. Show More Summary
The State Department has released the 2012 International Religious Freedom Report. In the Executive Summary, a section entitled “A Continued Rise in Anti-Semitism” summarizes a global increase documented in the report. The summary reads in part as follows: Of great...
Earlier today, the U.S. State Department released the 2012 International Religious Freedom Report. The annual report sheds light on abuses of religious freedom worldwide and reinforces America's commitment to make those freedoms "anShow More Summary
The newly released International Religious Freedom Report for 2012 by the U.S. State Department study found an increase in antisemitism as well as persecution of Christians and other minorities. “Holocaust denial and glorification remained troubling themes, and opposition to Israeli policy at times was used to promote or justify blatant antisemitism,” the report says. It [...]
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday introduced the release of the 2012 International Religious Freedom report, which is compiled by State Department employees annually to reveal the status of the advancement of religious freedom abroad.
Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Suzan Johnson Cook participates in the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in Beijing, China, in May 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain] During my travels...Show More Summary
(Photo credit: Wikipedia) The USCIRF 2013 annual report on religious freedom is out. Here’s a link to the 400 page analysis with a detailed ‘blow by blow’ country by country summary of violations in the past year. The 15 worst countries when it comes to intolerance and religious persecution are: Burma, China, Egypt, Eritrea, [...]
Ten out of the 15 countries with the worst religious freedom abuses are Muslim nations, according to the recently released U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) 2013 Annual Report, which identifies the status of religious freedom throughout the world, and cites countries that are the least tolerant of religious freedom.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has issued a report highlighting those it calls the worst violators of religious freedom in the world. Among them are many Asian and Middle Eastern governments, although some Western European countries are also included. Read full article >>