People of faith face discrimination in most of the world.
Governments, hostile religious groups and terrorists destroy places of worship, harrass and intimidate people of minority faiths and inflict lethal violence on individuals simply for following their faith.
The U.S. Government has established several offices (see below) to focus on and advance international religious freedom: the Office of International Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State, and the independent, nonpartisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Freedom2Care meets regularly with officials from these offices.
Persecution worldwide demonstrates what happens when countries limit or forbid religious freedom. This should serve to remind us to pray and advocate for the persecuted and also to make sure that the United States faithfully implements its heritage and Constitutional commitments to the free exercise of religion.
The Office of International Religious Freedom has the mission of promoting religious freedom as a core objective of U.S. foreign policy. The Office monitors religious persecution and discrimination worldwide, recommends and implements policies in respective regions or countries, and develops programs to promote religious freedom.
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USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission, the first of its kind in the world, dedicated to defending the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad. USCIRF reviews the facts and circumstances of religious freedom violations and makes policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress. USCIRF Commissioners are appointed by the President and the Congressional leadership of both political parties.