Please join us for a presentation and discussion of the
2013 Annual Report of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Wednesday, May 8
At the National Endowment for Democracy
1025 F Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, D.C. 20004
Presentation of the Annual Report:
Katrina Lantos Swett
Chair, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Ambassador Princeton Lyman
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Board of Directors, National Endowment for Democracy
VP for Asia, Middle East and Global Programs, National Endowment for Democracy
Senior Program Officer for Asia, National Endowment for Democracy
President, National Endowment for Democracy
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an independent federal advisory body created by the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) to monitor religious freedom abuses abroad, has released its 2013 Annual Report. The Report highlights the status of religious freedom globally and identifies those governments that are the most egregious violators. “The state of international religious freedom is increasingly dire due to the presence of forces that fuel instability,” said USCIRF Chair Katrina Lantos Swett. “These forces include the rise of violent religious extremism coupled with the actions and inactions of governments.”
The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), through its support to hundreds of grassroots organizations around the world that are working to secure and protect basic rights and freedoms, is keenly aware of the challenges faced by minority populations and religious groups around the world. We welcome the opportunity to join with USCIRF to highlight the cause of religious freedom and hope you will join us for a presentation of the report findings by Dr. Lantos Swett, followed by a discussion featuring regional experts from the NED Board of Directors and staff.
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National Endowment for Democracy
The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, NED supports more than 1,000 projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries.
Since its founding in 1983, the Endowment has remained on the leading edge of democratic struggles everywhere, while evolving into a multifaceted institution that is a hub of activity, resources and intellectual exchange for activists, practitioners and scholars of democracy the world over.