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US Commission on International Religious Freedom

India's Lost Opportunity For Reform: Narendra Modi Falters

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.26.2016 | Home
Doug Bandow

India has extraordinary potential. Modi recently acknowledged that "there are huge global expectations for India." But for decades the Indian government has squandered its future.

Religious Persecution On the Rise: Minorities Under Threat in the Middle East

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.25.2016 | Religion
Doug Bandow

With religious liberty under siege around the world, people of goodwill should stand for the rights of believers everywhere. Unpopular minority faiths are like the proverbial canary in the mine: When they die, further violations of human life and dignity inevitably are coming.

USCIRF Issues Annual International Religious Freedom Report With a Peculiar Omission

Engy Abdelkader | Posted 05.06.2016 | Politics
Engy Abdelkader

One of the most significant aspects to international human rights standards is its universality. The international community designed them to protect all people, in all places, at virtually all times.

Hold Pakistan Accountable for Its Blasphemous Oppression

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.05.2014 | Religion
Doug Bandow

The world is aflame. Religious minorities are among those who suffer most from increasing conflict. Pakistan is one of the worst homes for non-Muslims. The U.S. government should designate that nation as a "Country of Particular Concern" for failing to protect religious liberty, the most basic right of conscience.

Commission: State Department Should Cite More Countries For Poor Religious Freedom

Religion News Service | Brian Pellot | Posted 04.30.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Secretary of State John Kerry should cite 16 countries for severe violations of religious freedom, the U.S. Commission on International Religiou...

Iran Should Demonstrate It Is Ready to Join the International Community by Ending Religious Persecution

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Everything depends on whether Tehran, and not just President Hassan Rouhani, is serious. No surprise, many analysts -- and more importantly, paladins of Capitol Hill -- remain skeptical. And that doubt has fueled efforts to impose new sanctions, which would impede if not kill efforts to reach a final accord.

The Wall Street Journal Misplays the 'Asylum Card'

Mark Hetfield | Posted 12.28.2013 | Impact
Mark Hetfield

While expedited removal remains yet another dysfunctional component of our broken immigration system, it is one of the few that can be fixed without waiting for legislation.

Well-intentioned Interference and the Freedom of Religion

Kelsey Dallas | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
Kelsey Dallas

I recognize that it would be immoral as well as politically imprudent for Canada and the US. to remain silent in the face of religious freedom violations. But I think representatives need to leave their sense of diplomatic privilege at the door when meeting with troubled communities.

15 Years Later, Religious Freedom Panel Lacks Real Power

Posted 06.13.2013 | Religion

By Corrie Mitchell Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Fifteen years after Congress created an independent watchdog panel to oversee global rel...

Religious Freedom in Egypt? Ask the Sphinx

Ken Blackwell | Posted 05.18.2013 | Home
Ken Blackwell

Egypt and the other countries in the Mideast will never be stable, much less democratic, if they murder their neighbors who worship differently. U.S. tax dollars should not buy the Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and its military the armored personnel carriers they use to run over Christians.

An Ahmadi Muslim's Plea: Be My Voice

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 12.10.2011 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

Much needs to be done to effect a change on ground. I am hopeful that as a primary supporter of international religious freedom, the U.S. will continue to play a positive role to this end.

Fix The U.S. International Religious Freedom Commission or Fuggedaboutit

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 12.04.2011 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

This November, if the Senate does not take action on the bill to reform the USCIRF, yet another chapter of our country's myopic approach to faith-based foreign policy might just come to an end.

It Is Time To Prioritize Religious Freedom In U.S. Foreign Policy

Joseph K. Grieboski | Posted 08.08.2011 | Religion
Joseph K. Grieboski

This article was excerpted from testimony presented before the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Africa, Global ...

Senate Confirms Religious Freedom Ambassador

Posted 06.18.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) A New York minister will soon fill the Obama administration's long-vacant position to overse...

Baha'is Press Case Of Relatives Imprisoned In Iran

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Richard Yeakley Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) A delegation of Baha'is is making the rounds in Washington in an effort to raise awareness ...

Panel Faults Obama For Lagging On Religious Freedom Abroad

Religion News Service | Lauren E. Bohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Lauren E. Bohn Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. government is not doing enough to protect religious freedoms abroad, the independen...

Agency That Monitors Religious Freedom Abroad Accused Of Bias | Michelle Boorstein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Allegations of religious bias are being leveled against a notable federal body: the one responsible for monitoring international religious freedom....

EXCLUSIVE: Russian Human Rights Activists Face Spike In Death Threats (UPDATES)

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane Tucker

More than 50 percent of the Russian people believe that "ethnic minorities should be limited or expelled from the country," Alexander Verkhovsky told the HuffPost.

The Scandal of International Religious Persecution

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Doug Bandow

There is a good argument for treating religious liberty as the first freedom. If a government is unwilling to protect basic freedom when it comes to religious faith, then it is unlikely to tolerate political free-thinking either.