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USCIRF: The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) condemns the continuing prosecution of Rev. Yat Michael and Rev. Peter Reith who face the death penalty if convicted on the baseless charges of undermining Sudan’s constitution and waging war against the state.
ACLJ: According to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom’s (USCIRF) newly released 2015 Annual Report, “Pakistan represents one of the worst situations in the world for religious freedom for countries not currently designated by the U.S. Government as ‘countries of particular concern.’”
Religion News Service: USCIRF, an independent watchdog panel created by Congress to monitor religious freedom conditions worldwide, issued its 16th annual report last week.
United States Commission on International Religious Freedom: Reports of pre-election violence, combined with rising societal and political tensions, increase the likelihood of religiously-motivated violence around Nigeria’s February 14 presidential elections, warns the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).
Huffington Post: Seven religious freedom advocates have offered to personally receive 100 lashes each in the place of Raif Badawi, a liberal Saudi blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for “insulting Islam through electronic channels.”
USCIRF Press Release: The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today commemorates International Religious Freedom Day, marking the 16th anniversary of the passage of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (IRFA).
CNSNews: Princeton University Jurisprudence Professor Robert George, the newly-elected chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, is a leading Catholic thinker and ethicist, but homosexuality advocacy groups are unhappy about the position going to an opponent of same-sex marriage.
Religion Clause Blog: According to a press release issued on Thursday by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom two new appointments to the 9-member Commission have recently been made.
Religion Clause Blog: The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom last week issued a statement (full text) strongly criticizing the Kuwaiti Parliament’s recent passage of a bill imposing strong penalties– including the death penalty in some cases– for blasphemy.
Christian Post: “The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom wants the government to use Wednesday’s United Nations Security Council meeting on Iraq as an ‘opportunity’ to address the ‘grave situation facing that country’s Christians and other imperiled religious minorities.’” | USCIRF press release is here.
United States Commission on International Religious Freedom: “Russia faces legitimate, serious threats from groups which advocate or perpetrate violence in the name of religion. This is a major security concern, not just in Russia, but in other nations. There is a problem, however, with Russia’s approach to the challenge.” | Via Religion Clause.
ChristianNewsWire: “Founding members of ‘Coptic Solidarity,’ coming from the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe, held their conference on June 19-20, at Virginia, USA., to launch the activities of the new organization. … A large number of presentations and discussions, focused on concrete future actions, took place during the first day of the conference. Besides founding members, invited guest speakers took part: Dr. Dwight Bashir, deputy director of USCIRF; Tina Ramirez, congressional fellow; Taniel Koushakjian, director of grassroots at the Armenian Assembly; and Pierro Tozzi, senior legal counsel at the Alliance Defense Fund.”
Religion Clause: “The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom last Friday wrote Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (full text of letter) urging that U.S. representatives to the United Nations raise religious freedom issues at this month’s Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review session.”