USCIRF Statement on the 2nd Annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom


July 26, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC — The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) commends the Trump Administration, particularly Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, Ambassador-at-Large Samuel D. Brownback, and the Office of International Religious Freedom, for convening more than 1,000 civil society representatives and government officials from over 100 countries for the 2nd Annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom on July 16-18, 2019.

“By giving voice to victims of persecution and oppression, the Ministerial raised awareness of grave violations of religious freedom throughout the world and the urgent need for advocacy and action by governments that value this foundational human right,” said USCIRF Chair Tony Perkins.

“USCIRF welcomed the participation at the Ministerial of Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, reflecting the strong bipartisan support in America for promoting international religious freedom,” said USCIRF Vice Chair Gayle Manchin.