"The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom was created by Congress to advocate within U.S. policy a prominent place for the promotion of religious freedom and other freedoms throughout the world. Now in its seventh year of operation, the Commission is drawing the attention of the policy community to the growing strategic importance of the protection of religious freedom to U.S. national interests, raising greater public awareness as to why religious freedom is a critical component of how countries treat their own people and deal with the world around them, and working with Members of Congress in a truly bipartisan effort to promote religious freedom abroad. [...] This annual report of the Commission provides a comprehensive review of the Commission's activities--its findings, recommendations, and achievements--during the past year to promote the universal right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion or belief. This report describes conditions for religious freedom and inter-related human rights in the countries of concern to the Commission, highlights key findings, reports on the actions the Commission has taken to raise the public's awareness of persistent religious freedom violations, refers to the Commission's efforts to keep Congress informed of religious freedom conditions throughout the world, and presents the Commission's U.S. policy recommendations to ensure that the promotion of freedom of religion or belief becomes a more integral part of U.S. foreign policy."
U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom: http://www.uscirf.gov/