U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
2021 Annual Report:
Key Findings and Recommendations
Wednesday, April 21
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
USCIRF’s 2021 Annual Report reflects significant developments over the past year with progress in some countries bringing positive change while other nations implemented laws and policies which further target religious communities, and in some cases amount to crimes against humanity and genocide.
In its report, USCIRF also monitored public health measures created to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as restricting in-person religious gatherings. In many cases, these measures complied with international human rights standards protecting freedom of religion or belief, but in some countries, already marginalized religious minorities faced official and/or societal stigmatization, harassment, and discrimination for allegedly causing or spreading the virus.
This year’s report features new actionable recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress intended to deter religious persecution and promote freedom of religion and belief abroad.
- Gayle Manchin, Chair, USCIRF
- Tony Perkins, Vice Chair, USCIRF
- Anurima Bhargava, Vice Chair, USCIRF
- Senator Chris Coons (D-Delaware)
- Senator Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina)