Review of the U.S. Government’s Role in Protecting International Religious Freedom

Hearing Date: October 11, 2017 10:00 am 2154 Rayburn HOB

  • To examine the U.S. government’s policy related to international religious freedom and how it impacts our national security.
  • Under federal law, the State Department is required to designate countries of particular concern that violate religious freedom.
  • Each year, the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom issue reports outlining the state of religious freedom in various countries.
  • Federal law requires the appointment of a Senate-confirmed Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom. The President has nominated the Governor of Kansas, Sam Brownback, for the position.

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
The Honorable Michael G. Kozak Senior Advisor, Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and Labor U.S. Department of State Document
Ms. Kristina Arriaga Vice Chair Commission on International Religious Freedom Document
Thomas F. Farr, Ph.D. President, Director, Associate Professor Religious Freedom Institute, Religious Freedom Research Project, Georgetown University, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown Document
Mr. Rob Berschinski Senior Vice President, Policy Human Rights First Document