Tuesday, September 23, 2008

International Religious Freedom Report 2008

The State Department just released their 2008 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom:

The International Religious Freedom report is submitted to Congress annually by the Department of State in compliance with Section 102(b) of the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) of 1998. This report supplements the most recent Human Rights Reports by providing additional detailed information with respect to matters involving international religious freedom. It includes individual country chapters on the status of religious freedom worldwide.

Secretary Rice (Sept. 19): "Today, I have transmitted to Congress the 10th Annual Report on International Religious Freedom. ...Religious freedom is at the core of our nation, now as always. We are a country founded on the belief that all men and women are created equal, that as equals we enjoy certain universal and inalienable rights, and that among these are the right to live without oppression, to worship as we wish, and to think and speak and assemble without retribution." Full Text l Briefing by Amb. Hanford

This report is a wealth of information for those interested in religious freedom and is used for the National Profiles in The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA).

Below is a video of Condoleezza Rice and Abmassador Hanford announcing the release of the report and describing many of its findings.

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