U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

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U.S. religious freedom watchdog’s new appointments include three Catholics

May 20, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

The USCIRF is a government organization that reviews violations of religious freedom around the world and makes policy recommendations.  Read more


Here are the countries that rank worst in the world in religious freedom 

May 1, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

Among the countries topping USCIRF’s list of the world’s most egregious religious freedom violators are Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, and India. Read more

Five things Catholics can do to support international religious liberty

Apr 19, 2018

By Courtney Mares

At the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Summit on Wednesday, Robert George shared five steps Catholics can take to... Read more

The US talks tough on religious persecution - but do its actions match?

Aug 16, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Religious freedom advocates praised the State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom report published last week, but insisted that words must... Read more

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US House passes big upgrades to international religious liberty law

May 16, 2016

By Matt Hadro

A significant upgrade to a landmark religious freedom law passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday afternoon.  Read more

U.S. Capitol. Senate side.

In wake of Pope Francis, bishops urge Congress to move on religious freedom

Oct 1, 2015

Citing Pope Francis, the U.S. bishops are urging lawmakers act quickly to pass a bill that would reauthorize the U.S.... Read more

U.S. Capitol Building.

Citing Pope Francis, bishops call on Congress to renew religious freedom commission

Aug 31, 2015

Congress has only one month to reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Many human rights activists and religious... Read more