The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has on 20 March released it 2012 Annual Report. The 2012 report documents religious freedom abuses and violations in 25 countries around the world. As reported by USCIRF Chair Leonard Leo, the Annual Report:
Among the other important observation of the Report are the observations in Appendix 3: International Standards for Constitutional Religious Freedom Protections: Several countries in the world are or soon will be drafting new constitutions. It is vital that these constitutions protect universal human rights, including the right to freedom of religion or belief. Based on its experience analyzing constitutions against international standards, USCIRF offers the following guideposts for the full protection of religious freedom consistent with international human rights law:
“It’s no coincidence that many of the nations we recommend to be designated as CPCs are among the most dangerous and destabilizing places on earth,” said USCIRF Chair Leonard Leo. “Nations that trample upon basic rights, including freedom of religion, provide fertile ground for poverty and insecurity, war and terror, and violent, radical movements and activities.”
USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission. USCIRF Commissioners are appointed by the President and the leadership of both political parties in the Senate and the House of Representatives. USCIRF’s principal responsibilities are to review the facts and circumstances of violations of religious freedom internationally and to make policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State and Congress.