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U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)

Afghanistan, China, India Among Asian Countries Accused of Violating Religious Freedom
April 26, 2022

Afghanistan, China, India Among Asian Countries Accused of Violating Religious Freedom

By Catherine Putz
USCIRF’s mandate is to make recommendations, but the State Department does not always designate the countries USCIRF recommends. 

Who Are Uzbekistan’s Remaining Religious Prisoners?
October 14, 2021

Who Are Uzbekistan’s Remaining Religious Prisoners?

By Catherine Putz
Despite thousands reportedly released since 2016, an estimated 2,000 remain jailed in Uzbekistan for political and religious reasons.
China ‘in a Category by Itself’ of Religious Rights Violators
May 06, 2021

China ‘in a Category by Itself’ of Religious Rights Violators

By Bonnie Girard
An interview with Gary Bauer, commissioner of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Why Are Peaceful Human Rights Activists Still Behind Bars in Vietnam?
July 30, 2020

Why Are Peaceful Human Rights Activists Still Behind Bars in Vietnam?

By Kasit Piromya
In the midst of a global pandemic, Vietnamese authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Nguyen Bac Truyen, and other prisoners of conscience like him.

Uzbekistan Must Stay on the Path of Religious Freedom Reform
July 09, 2020

Uzbekistan Must Stay on the Path of Religious Freedom Reform

By Nadine Maenza and Nury Turkel
Tashkent has made progress on the path toward greater religious freedom, but must remain vigilant to protect the gains it has made and continue to actively push forward.

US Religious Freedom Watchdog Highlights ‘Campaigns of Harassment and Violence’ Against Minorities in India
April 29, 2020

US Religious Freedom Watchdog Highlights ‘Campaigns of Harassment and Violence’ Against Minorities in India

By Ankit Panda
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom gave India its lowest rating in the annual report for 2020.

US Religious Freedom Report Signals Improvements in Uzbekistan
April 29, 2020

US Religious Freedom Report Signals Improvements in Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
For the first time in 15 years, USCIRF has recommended Uzbekistan not be deemed a country of particular concerns when it comes to religious freedom violations.
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