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Friday, April 28, 2006

USCIRF Announces Recommendations to Secretary of State Rice on Concerned Countries

April 26, 2006
Washington –

On May 3, The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) will also release its 2006 Annual Report and discuss its findings and recommendations for U.S. policy for the President, the Secretary of State, and the Congress. The Commission will be joined at the press conference by Tibetan Nun Phuntsog Nyidron, who was recently released from China in advance of the visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao.

The USCIRF is mandated by Congress to make recommendations to the Secretary of State on countries violated the right to freedom of religion, among other violations. Under the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IFRA), those countries may be designated by the Secretary of State as “countries of particular concern,” or CPCs. IRFA also requires that the U.S. government take follow on policy actions to CPC designation, says Anne Johnson with the USCIRF. The 2006 Annual Report includes the Commission’s findings and policy recommendations for Egypt, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Vietnam, as well as China, North Korea, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Russia, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, among others. Please click here to view the 2006 Annual Report.


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