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International Religious Freedom Report for 2013

U.S. Department of State Throughout the course of 2013, religious communities across the globe experienced violence, displacement, and varying forms of persecution. From Christians to Muslims, religious discrimination has been rampant all over the world. In extreme cases, the deaths of hundreds of global citizens accompanied religious persecution in 2013.

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor of the U.S. Department of State has released its annual International Religious Freedom Report for 2013. This religious freedom report is available in webpage format and includes many different informative features.

The Global Overview section of the Report includes an Executive Summary that reviews Government Repression of Religious Freedom. In this section, multiple different countries and their individual forms of religious repression are highlighted. North Korea, Pakistan, China, Iran, and Russia are among those countries discussed. This section of the Report also discusses the Discrimination, Impunity and Displacement of Religious Minorities by country of interest, to include Syria, Iraq, and India. The Executive Summary concludes with a review of U.S. Policy and Programs in Support of Religious Freedom. The U.S. commitment to promoting global religious freedom is displayed, as President Barack Obama states in this section, "Promoting religious freedom is a key objective of U.S. foreign policy. And I’m proud that no nation on Earth does more to stand up for the freedom of religion around the world than the United States of America."

Apart from the Global Overview, the Report's webpage also includes the option to review religious freedom data by country and region. Each country's page contains an Executive Summary and the following sections of information concerning each respective country:

  • Religious Demography
  • Status of Government Respect for Religious Freedom
  • Status of Societal Respect for Religious Freedom
  • U.S. Government Policy

Additionally, the Report permits viewers to explore pertinent Appendices related to the topic of religious freedom and even contains a Build a Report feature that allows for the specification of report information by section and country.