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Displaced Nigerians camped near St. Francis Xavier Parish in Agagbe, Nigeria, in 2022.

Human rights activists call on US State Department to return Nigeria to religious freedom watchlist

Sep 20, 2022

By CNA Staff

Human rights advocates are calling on U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to put Nigeria back on a list of... Read more


Afghanistan, other countries see worrisome religious freedom trends, USCIRF warns

Apr 26, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Afghanistan and four other countries should be added to the ten countries already recognized by the U.S. State Department for... Read more

After China retaliates with sanctions, U.S. religious freedom advocates say they won’t be silenced

Mar 30, 2021

After China announced retaliatory sanctions against U.S. human rights advocates this weekend, advocates responded they would not be silent about... Read more

Church in Akure, the largest city in Ondo State, Nigeria.

'Beyond reprehensible': Christian aid workers executed in Nigeria

Jul 28, 2020

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom released a statement on Tuesday condemning the execution of five aid workers... Read more

CCTV surveillance cameras in Tiananmen Square.

China turns surveillance state on religious gatherings

Jul 22, 2020

By Matt Hadro

China is using advanced technology to monitor both public and private religious gatherings, witnesses told a federal hearing on Wednesday.  Read more

Isis training center in Christian church, Iraq.

US religious freedom commission urges 'more aggressive' sanctions

Jul 20, 2020

The Trump administration needs to step up its pressure on religious freedom violators, said leaders of a federal religious freedom... Read more

Mor Abrohom Church in Nusaybin, Turkey.

Religious scholar laments: Turkish Christians 'a welcome scapegoat'

Jun 25, 2020

According to a scholar of comparative religion, Christians in Turkey are being persecuted by the Turkish government, in part to... Read more

A young girl lights a candle at a Marian grotto in Pakistan.

US religious liberty commission recommends 'binding agreement' with Pakistan to halt abuses

Jun 18, 2020

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom issued a report Tuesday recommending a “binding agreement” between the United States and... Read more

The flag of Turkey.

Turkey disputes US religious freedom commission's assessment of Turkey

May 1, 2020

The Turkish foreign ministry on Wednesday rejected Turkey's inclusion in a report by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom,... Read more

The US capitol building.

US international religious freedom commission reauthorized, with strings

Dec 19, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

The Senate is set to re-authorize the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom for the next three years, in... Read more

Proposed changes to US Commission on International Religious Freedom draw fire

Nov 22, 2019

With the current authorization for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) expiring this year, proposed changes to the... Read more