USCIRF 2019 Annual Report
and Recommendations for World’s Most Egregious Violators of Religious Freedom (Victims Database Also Announced)
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) 20th Annual Report documents country conditions in, and analyzes and recommends U. S. policy initiatives toward, the world’s worst violators of religious freedom. USCIRF, as an independent, bipartisan commission, advises the President, Congress and the Secretary of State on international religious freedom issues. In its Annual Report, USCIRF unflinchingly describes threats to religious freedom around the world and recommends to the State Department countries for designation as “countries of particular concern” (CPCs) for engaging in or tolerating “systematic, ongoing, egregious violations.” USCIRF also recommends to the State Department that non-state actors cited for similarly severe violations be designated as “entities of particular concern” (EPCs). This year, USCIRF has recommended 16 countries for CPC designation and five entities for EPC designation. Also, USCIRF placed 12 countries on its Tier 2 list, meaning the violations meet one or two, but not all three, of the elements of the systematic, ongoing, egregious test for CPC status.
The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. The U.S. Department of State submits the reports in accordance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.
Surveying the Landscape of International Religious Freedom PolicyA 2019 report from the Religious Freedom Institute that documents the efforts of 23 governmental and multilateral bodies to advance religious freedom. International Religious Freedom Policy Action Team | Religious Freedom Institute (www.rfi.org)
UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief
Reports from country visits of the Special Rapporteur. Pursuant to report E/CN.4/2005/61, para. 14, the Special Rapporteur undertakes country visits to get an in-depth understanding of specific contexts and practices and to provide constructive feedback to the given country and report to the Council or the General Assembly.
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- Chad: WFP Chad Country Brief, October 2019 December 5, 2019
- Central African Republic: Les déplacés centrafricains attendent que la vie reprenne son cours December 5, 2019
- Democratic Republic of the Congo: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) - Floods (DG ECHO, UN OCHA) (ECHO Daily Flash of 5 December 2019) December 5, 2019
- Cameroon: Cameroun : Opération de rapatriement des refugiés Centrafricains (au 05 décembre 2019) December 5, 2019
- Central African Republic: GIEWS Country Brief: Central African Republic 05-December-2019 December 5, 2019
- World: Crop Prospects and Food Situation, No. 4, December 2019 December 5, 2019
- World: Humanitarian Action for Children 2020 - West and Central Africa December 5, 2019
- Central African Republic: La MINUSCA implique les communautés dans la lutte contre les actes d’exploitations et abus sexuels December 5, 2019
- Central African Republic: Humanitarian Action for Children 2020 - Central African Republic December 5, 2019
- Cameroon: Humanitarian Action for Children 2020 - Cameroon December 5, 2019
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