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  • Int'l Religious Freedom Act marks 20 years of impact

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, November 06, 2018 (2 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The International Religious Freedom Act addressed a serious shortcoming in American foreign policy, the law's advocates said at the 20-year mark of its stand against religious persecution.

    The legislation, promoted by many evangelical Christian and other religious leaders, became law with President Clinton's signature on Oct. 27, 1998, and its effect has been widespread. The International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) established mechanisms within the State Department and an independent commission that have raised the visibility of freedom of belief and conscience in U.S. relationships with other countries. Read More

  • 3 evangelicals among latest USCIRF appointees

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, May 18, 2018 (8 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Three evangelicals are among the latest appointees to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).

    Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins, FRC founder and American Values President Gary Bauer, and best-selling author and Kairos Company President Johnnie Moore were named to the commission charged with protecting religious freedoms globally.

    Richard Land, who advocated for passage for the International Religious Freedom Act that established USCIRF in 1998, applauded the additions. Read More

  • USCIRF: Persecution grows despite elevated awareness

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, April 25, 2018 (9 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- While egregious acts of religious persecution are more likely to cause global protest 20 years after the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, many countries are increasingly denying such freedoms, a federal watchdog commission reported today (April 25).

    The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) noted the dichotomy in releasing its 2018 Annual Report on 2017 religious freedom violations in 28 countries.

    "Sadly, religious freedom conditions deteriorated in many countries in 2017, often due to increasing authoritarianism or under the guise of countering terrorism," USCIRF Chairman Daniel Mark said in releasing the report. Read More

  • World's worst religious freedom violators evaluated

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 05, 2018 (one year ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration's first designation of the world's worst violators of religious freedom received the same evaluation as the last list under President Obama -- good but not good enough.

    The State Department announced Thursday (Jan. 4) the re-designation of the same "countries of particular concern" (CPCs) announced in April 2016 by the Obama administration. In a Dec. 22 action, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson kept Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan on the list, according to a department spokesperson. Read More

  • Cuban student arrested after trip to Washington

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, May 05, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo from Twitter
    SANTA CLARA, Cuba (BP) -- Religious liberty leaders are interceding on behalf of a college student interrogated, threatened and charged with public disorder by the Cuban government because of his work to expose Christian persecution there.

    Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) and Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz, a commissioner with the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), are advocating for the student, 20-year-old Felix Yuniel Llerena López, who was arrested April 27 upon his return from a trip to Washington. Read More

  • USCIRF cites Russia, 3 terrorist groups for violations

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, April 27, 2017 (one year ago)

    The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom made some ground-breaking recommendations in its latest annual report, but the bipartisan watchdog made clear one reality is not new -- the ability to exercise one's faith continues to deteriorate. Read More

  • USCIRF: Religious liberty continues to decline

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, May 03, 2016 (2 years ago)

    "Soul freedom is everyone's issue, for religious and non-religious people alike."

    -- Russell Moore

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Religious liberty continued to worsen globally in the last year, according to the annual report of a bipartisan, federal watchdog.

    The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) reported Monday (May 2) governments around the world and non-government forces in locations such as Nigeria, Iraq and Syria were guilty of a "serious and sustained assault" on freedom of belief. The commission cited the rampant imprisonment of prisoners of conscience, the startling increase in refugees and the ongoing bigotry toward Jews and Muslims in Europe as examples of attacks on religious adherents. Read More

  • U.S. actions could benefit persecuted overseas

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, October 09, 2015 (3 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Oppressed Christians and other religious adherents around the world stand to benefit from recent actions by the United States government.

    The House of Representatives approved reauthorization of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in a voice vote Oct. 6. The Senate passed the same legislation without opposition Sept. 30. Read More

  • USCIRF crucial to religious freedom, Moore says

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, August 27, 2015 (3 years ago)

    "Religious liberty isn't an American privilege."

    -- Russell Moore

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore has joined a diverse collection of religious liberty advocates to urge members of Congress to reauthorize an important federal panel on global religious freedom as the deadline for doing so nears.

    Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and 85 others signed onto a letter calling for reauthorization of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) by Sept. 30. The current authority for the panel expires on that date. Read More

  • 'Sinicization' of Christianity China's aim

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, May 06, 2015 (3 years ago)

    China Aid photo
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Persecution of Christians and other religion groups in China has increased in scope, depth and intensity in the past year, according to the latest annual reports from religious persecution watch groups.

    The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), and the international non-profit China Aid Association USA both report high increases in abuses against Christians and other religious groups in the 12 months of 2014. Read More