ABSTRACT

Annual Report of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom   [open pdf - 7MB]

From the Introduction and Overview: "USCIRF [United States Commission on International Religious Freedom]'s 2021 Annual Report assesses religious freedom violations and progress during calendar year 2020 in 26 countries and makes independent recommendations for U.S. policy. [...] The report's primary focus is on two groups of countries: first, those that USCIRF recommends the State Department should designate as 'countries of particular concern,' or CPCs, under IRFA [International Religious Freedom Act], and second, those that USCIRF recommends the State Department should place on its Special Watch List (SWL). The report also includes USCIRF's recommendations of violent nonstate actors for designation by the State Department as 'entities of particular concern,' or EPCs, under IRFA. In addition, the report analyzes the U.S. government's implementation of IRFA during the reporting year and provides recommendations to bolster overall U.S. efforts to advance freedom of religion or belief abroad. It also includes a section discussing key trends and developments in religious freedom globally during the reporting period, including in countries that are not recommended for CPC or SWL status. This year, that section covers COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] and religious freedom, attacks on houses of worship, political unrest leading to religious freedom violations, blasphemy laws, global antisemitism, and China's international influence on religious freedom and human rights. Finally, the report's last section highlights key USCIRF recommendations that the U.S. government has implemented since USCIRF's previous annual report."

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2021-04
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United States Department of Justice: https://www.justice.gov/
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