Since 1993, successive U.S. Presidents have proclaimed January 16 as National Religious Freedom Day.
It was an amendment to the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998
President Barack Obama signed on Friday a law amending the international religious freedom act to extend protections against persecution to people with non-religious beliefs. The religious freedom act, which originally provided protection...Show More Summary
President Obama signed an amendment to an important international religious freedom act on Friday, strengthening the United States’ commitment to promoting freedom of thought and religion as part of its foreign policy. HR 1150, the Frank R. Show More Summary
IRFA modernization gives State Department new tools to protect Christians (and others) persecuted by ISIS. President Obama has approved legislation promoted by religious freedom advocates that should strengthen the United States’ effort to combat persecution of Christians and other faith minorities. The House of Representatives approved the Frank R. Show More Summary
Persecution of Christians is getting worse as up to 75 percent of the world's population now lives without religious freedom, European Union's special envoy Jan Figel said, marking the International Freedom of Religion or Belief Day this week.
CNN, Pastors Take to Pulpit to Protest IRS Limits on Political Endorsements: Pastors across the country are taking to their pulpits this Sunday to protest an Internal Revenue Service law that they say limits their religious freedom. Pulpit Freedom Sunday is an initiative started in 2008 by the Alliance Defending...
Elliott Abrams, a former Reagan and Bush Administration official and a former colleague on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), has written an article "The United States Bars Christian, Not Muslim, RefugeesShow More Summary
David Saperstein, an Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State, has an important, aggressive recommendation at the department's blog: Blasphemy laws around the world need to be abolished...
Religious freedom is a rare commodity in many regions of the world, according to the U.S. State Department’s latest International Religious Freedom Report. About 74 percent of the world’s population lives in countries “with serious restrictions...Show More Summary
Last month the Department of State hosted a meeting of the International Contact Group for Freedom of Religion or Belief (ICG).
A new bill designed to amend the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 passed the U.S. House unanimously this week, and it will lead to some wonderful and horrendous changes. H.R. 1150 will offer extended protections to atheists,...Show More Summary
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has found that religious minorities in Iran, including Christians, continue experiencing severe human rights abuses, closing in on one year on the historical nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and Western nations.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom says the refugee crisis, political strife, and economic dislocation all contributed to a worldwide deterioration of religious freedom last year.
United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom David Saperstein explained to members of Congress Tuesday why the State Department failed to designate Iraq and Syria in its recently released list of "countries of particular concern" for religious freedom.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government agency charged with monitoring international religious freedoms called on Myanmar's new government on Thursday to do away with abusive policies against the country's minority Rohingya Muslims. The U.S. Show More Summary
Lauren Turek Anna Su is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Toronto. She is an expert on international human rights law, U.S. constitutional law, and law and religion, and has written several articles on religious freedom and American foreign policy making during the early twentieth century. Show More Summary
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has urged the authoritarian government of Eritrea to release Patriarch Abune Antonio, who was illegally removed as head of the Eritrean Orthodox Church and remains in detention for 10 years.
The U.S. State Department's Ambassador at-Large for International Religious Freedom David Saperstein argued Wednesday that calling the ISIS' atrocities against Christians "genocide" would make no difference in how the Obama administration is responding to the crisis.
Earlier this month, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) asked the U.S. government to designate Christians,...