On May 15, 2023, the U.S. Department of State Office of International Religious Freedom released and submitted the 2022 International Religious Freedom Report in accordance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. The report covers the period between January 1 and December 31, 2022.
The Department of State worked with embassies, consulates, and a multitude of people at U.S. missions abroad to compile reports detailing the religious demography, government and societal respect for religious freedom, and U.S. government policy and engagement of 199 countries and territories around the globe. While progress has been made by civil society advocates to give those who are persecuted and oppressed a voice, there are still many instances of discrimination and bigotry against religions and individuals of every creed. The journey towards religious freedom continues with the engagement and collaboration required for this report.
“This report assesses the actions of countries that are our partners and those with whom we have disagreements, evaluating all by the same standards. Its aim is to highlight areas where freedom of religion or belief is being repressed, to promote accountability, and ultimately drive progress toward a world where freedom of religion or belief is a reality for everyone everywhere.”— Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State
Individual country reports may be accessed and downloaded using the filter function on the U.S. Department of State website.
For further information on the topic, check out the series of International Religious Freedom Reports or the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom annual reports available in the HSDL.