U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lawrence J. Goodrich

May 2, 2002 Communications Director
(202) 523-3240, ext. 27

Commission to Release Third Annual Report and Recommendations at Press Conference

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a federal agency advising the Administration and Congress, will publicly release its third Annual Report, containing policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State, and Congress, at a press conference Monday, May 6. The Commission will also issue new country reports and recommendations on China, Indonesia, North Korea, Sudan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The Annual Report addresses religious freedom issues in more than 20 countries and also contains a critique of the State Department's Annual Report on International Religious Freedom and its implementation of the International

Religious Freedom Act. Commissioners will discuss highlights of the reports and recommendations and take questions from the media.

Who: U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

What: Press conference, third Annual Report

When: Monday, May 6, 2002, 2:30 p.m.

Where: National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 13th Floor

Copies of the Annual Report and individual country reports will be available at the press conference and will also be posted on the Commission Web site at www.uscirf.gov. They can also be obtained by contacting the Communications department at (202) 523-3240. Interviews with Commissioners may be arranged by contacting Lawrence J. Goodrich, Director of Communications, at (202) 523-3240, ext. 27.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom was created by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to give independent recommendations to the executive branch and the Congress.

Visit our Web site at www.uscirf.gov

Michael K. Young, Chair Felice D. Gaer Firuz Kazemzadeh Richard Land Bishop William F. Murphy Leila Nadya Sadat Nina Shea The Hon. Charles R. Stith The Hon. Shirin R. Tahir-Kheli Tad Stahnke, Acting Executive Director


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