US Promotion of International Religious Freedom

Katrina Lantos Swett, Zenit, Apr.03

At this time of global change, when questions of religion and state relations are being redefined, the universal right to freedom of religion or belief has never been more important.  The upcoming TEDx ViaDellaConciliazione focusing on religious freedom is both timely and welcome.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is an independent U.S. government advisory body established by Congress to monitor religious freedom worldwide and make policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and the Congress.  The only such entity in the world, USCIRF is led by Commissioners, appointed by the President and leaders of Congress, who bring a variety of professional experiences and faith perspectives.    The Commission is staffed by a professional staff of expert analysts to monitor religious freedom globally.

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