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 religions 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 international religious freedom officials.
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.
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Policy. (a) Religious freedom, America’s first freedom, is a moral and national security imperative. Religious freedom for all people worldwide is a foreign policy priority of the United States, and the United States will respect and vigorously promote this freedom. As stated in the 2017 National Security Strategy, our Founders understood religious freedom not as a creation of the state, but as a gift of God to every person and a right that is fundamental for the flourishing of our society...
Commission on Unalienable Rights
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.
State Dept. Annual Report
"And today, I’m proud to release the 2019 International Religious Freedom Report. There is no other nation that cares so deeply about religious freedom, that we gather accounts from all across the world – it’s an enormous, it’s a comprehensive accounting of this fundamental human right."
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.