Ambassador Branstad Statement on Religious Freedom Day

    The United States was founded on principles of freedom, including a core belief in the essential need for religious freedom.  Today, October 27, the United States celebrates International Religious Freedom Day, in recognition of the importance of this fundamental right.  In the years since our founding, our country has learned a lot about ...
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Advancing Religious Freedom Around the World

ADVANCING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AROUND THE WORLD: President Donald J. Trump is putting religious freedom on center stage at the United Nations. President Trump is hosting the Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom event, calling on the international community and business leaders to work to protect religious freedom. The President is calling on all nations to ...
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Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, 16-18 July 2019

Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, 16-18 July 2019 Secretary Pompeo will host the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington on July 16-18. The Ministerial will reaffirm international commitments to promote religious freedom for all and focus on concrete outcomes that produce durable, positive change. A broad range of stakeholders, including senior government representatives, ...
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Excerpts: Special Briefing by Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback

PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, DC JUNE 21, 2019 The fight against religious freedom is mounting. There was a report that 80 percent of people live in places where religious freedom is under attack, yet most of the world organizes their life around a set of religious beliefs. They must be free to do so. The ...
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Excerpts:Ambassador Brownback’s Remarks on Religious Freedom

Samuel D. Brownback Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Foreign Correspondents Club Hong Kong, China March 8, 2019 Introduction I would like to begin by expressing my profound respect for the Chinese people. My youngest daughter is Chinese and now attends school at Baylor University. *** During this speech, I will express a number of ...
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Excerpts of Ambassador Brownback’s Special Briefing on Religious Freedom Designations

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. December 11, 2018 Samuel D. Brownback Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Via Teleconference *             *             *             * … Religious freedom is a key foreign policy initiative and issue for the Trump administration. We are serious about it. We hosted the first-ever ministerial on ...
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Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom – Statement on China

Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom Statement on China As representatives of the international community, we are deeply concerned about the significant restrictions on religious freedom in China and call on the Chinese government to respect the human rights of all individuals. Many members of religious minority groups in China – including Uighurs, Hui, and Kazakh ...
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Fact Sheet: Five Things To Know About This Year’s International Religious Freedom Report Release

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. May 29, 2018 2018 Marks the 20th anniversary of the International Religious Freedom Act In 1998, Congress overwhelmingly passed the International Religious Freedom (IRF) Act –groundbreaking and bipartisan legislation that affirmed the importance of promoting international religious freedom as a key aspect of America’s foreign ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks on the Release of the 2017 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. May 29, 2018 Good morning, everyone.  It is my great privilege to join you this morning and to release the 2017 International Religious Freedom Report.  This report is a testament to the United States’ historic role in preserving and advocating for religious freedom around the ...
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Statement by National Security Council Spokesperson Ned Price on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Chinese Human Rights Adv

National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice met yesterday at the White House with Chinese human rights advocates to discuss issues related to human rights, including religious freedom, in China. The discussion focused on concerns regarding the deterioration of conditions inside China for both human rights generally and religious freedom specifically, as well as the participants’ ...
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