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Latest Policy and Advocacy for Human Rights

Commission on Unalienable Rights' Final Report and Religious Freedom
In an October 26, 2020 letter to Secretary of State Pompeo, the Chair of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, Bishop David J. Malloy, writes to commend Secretary Pompeo's decision to create the Commission on Unalienable Rights for the purpose of reviewing America’s approach to human rights and to support the goals and concluding observations of the Commission’s final report as it drew attention to the erosion of fundamental human rights. 

Policy and Advocacy Letters and Statements: Human Rights and Torture

Background Information

Torture is a Moral Issue Study Guide

Torture is an Intrinsic Evil Study Guide
A Catholic Study Guide for a One-Session Workshop Facilitator Packet

Backgrounder on Torture
February 2013

2016-Present

Letter to Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on 10th Anniversary
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, December 20, 2018

Letter to Secretary of Defense Mattis on Indefinite Detention at Guantanamo Bay Facility
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, April 10, 2018

Letter to Secretary of Defense Mattis on GITMO
Bishop Oscar Cantú, October 3, 2017

Prior to 2010

Coalition Letter to President-Elect Obama on Torture
National Religious Campaign Against Torture, January 9, 2009

Statement Supporting Executive Order Banning Torture
National Religious Campaign Against Torture, June 25, 2008

Letter to President Bush Regarding Torture
Cardinal Francis George, March 5, 2008

Letter to Senate Supporting Expansion of the Ban on Torture
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, January 30, 2008

Letter to U.S. Senate on Torture and the Intelligence Authorization Act
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, December 17, 2007

Statement Denouncing Torture
National Denominational and Faith Group Leaders, October 23, 2006

Letter to U.S. Senate on Prohibition of Torture
Bishop John H. Ricard, October 4, 2005

Letter to Congress on Human Rights and Torture
Bishop John H. Ricard, July 12, 2004

 

Statement on Human Rights
July 26, 1973

Policy and Advocacy Letters and Statements on International Religious Freedom

2018-2021

Letter to Secretary of State Pompeo Regarding the Final Report from the Unalienable Rights Commission and Religious Freedom
Bishop David J. Malloy, October 26, 2020

USCCB-CRS Letter to Secretary of State Pompeo Regarding Proposals to Condition International Assistance Based on Promotion and Protection of Religious Freedom
Bishop David J. Malloy and Mr. Sean Callahan, December 12, 2019

News Release: U.S. Bishops’ Chairman Applauds Enactment of Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, December 11, 2018

Prevent Systematic Violence Against Religious and Ethnic Minorities
On May 31, 2018, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio wrote to Representatives Trott and Schiff to commend them for introducing H. Res. 220 in so doing seeking to prevent war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide against religious and ethnic groups in the Middle East by drawing  upon relevant lessons from the past.

2015-2017

Letter to Senators Corker and Cardin in Support of the Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act
Bishop Oscar Cantú, June 9, 2017

Letter to Representatives Smith and Eshoo Commending Them for Advancing the Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act
Bishop Oscar Cantú, April 7, 2017

Solidarity at the Service of All People in the Middle East
The chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committees on Migration, Religious Liberty and International Justice and Peace, along with the board of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) issue a statement expressing solidarity with Christians and all those who suffer in the Middle East. 

Media News Release: Response to Executive Order on Refugees
In Response to executive order on refugees, USCCB Chairmen express solidarity with Muslim community and deep concern over religious freedom issues.

Letter to Representatives Smith and Eshoo Commending the Introduction of Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act of 2017
Bishop Oscar Cantú and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, January 30, 2017

Letter to Congress Regarding Genocide Resolution and Assistance for Survivors of Genocide
Bishop Oscar Cantú, September 21, 2016

Letter to Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in Support of International Religious Freedom Legislation
Bishop Oscar Cantú, May 17, 2016

Letter to Congress in Support of Legislation to Advance International Religious Freedom
Bishop Oscar Cantú, March 21, 2016

Background on Religious Persecution and Discrimination
January 2016

Statement on Persecution of Christians to the USCCB General Assembly | en español
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, November 2015

Letter Urging Congress to Reauthorize United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
Bishop Oscar Cantú, September 29, 2015

Letter to Ambassador of Israel Dermer Regarding Christian Schools in Israel
Bishop Oscar Cantú, September 22, 2015

Testimony Submitted to the House of Representatives On Challenges to Religious Freedom in the Americas
USCCB, September 17, 2015

Letter to Representatives Fortenberry and Eshoo Commending Support for Genocide Resolution
Bishop Oscar Cantú, September 16, 2015

Background on Human Rights in the Cradle of Christianity
September 2015

USCCB Urges Congress to Reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Bishop Oscar Cantú, August 26, 2015

Letter to the House of Representatives in Support of the Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act of 2015
Bishop Oscar Cantú, April 10, 2015

Testimony Before Congress on Religious Persecution
Bishop Oscar Cantú, March 11, 2015

Letters to President Obama and Congressional Leaders in Response to Murder of Coptic Christian in Libya, to Religious Freedom Violations, and to Violence in the Middle East
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz and Bishop Oscar Cantú, February 23, 2015

2000-2014

Letter to President Obama Regarding Plight of Religious Minorities in Iraq
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, August 14, 2014

Letter to National Security Advisor Rice Regarding Violence Against Iraqi Christians
Bishop Richard E. Pates, July 25, 2014

Letter to Senate Regarding Reauthorization of U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Bishop Richard E. Pates, July 22, 2014

Letter to House Supporting Reauthorization of U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Bishop Richard E. Pates, July 8, 2014

Letter to Senate regarding Bill to Establispecial Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom
Bishop Richard E. Pates, March 4, 2014

Joint Letter to Senators Coburn and Lee on establishing a Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia
March 4, 2014

Congressional Briefing on "International Religious Freedom"
Bishop Richard E. Pates, February 7, 2014

Address to the USCCB General Assembly
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, November 11, 2013

Remarks and Videos from Religious Freedom & Human Rights: Path to Peace in the Holy Land That All May Be Free Conference
September 9, 2013

Letter to Senators Blunt and Levin on S. 653
Bishop Richard E. Pates, May 20, 2013

Letter to Representatives Wolf and Eshoo in Support of H.R. 301
Bishop Richard E. Pates, February 15, 2013

Remarks and Videos from Religious Freedom & Human Rights: Path to Peace in the Holy Land That All May Be Free Conference
September 9, 2013

Letter to Senators Blunt and Levin on S. 653
Bishop Richard E. Pates, May 20, 2013

Letter to Representatives Wolf and Eshoo in Support of H.R. 301
Bishop Richard E. Pates, February 15, 2013

Background on International Religious Freedom
February 2013

Letter to Secretary of State Clinton on Nigeria
Bishop Richard E. Pates, October 1, 2012

"International Religious Freedom: An Imperative for Peace and the Common Good"
Timothy Cardinal Dolan, September 12, 2012

Speech by Archbishop John Onaiyekan on International Religious Freedom in Nigeria
September 12, 2012

Speech by Archbishop Silvano Tomasi on International Religious Freedom
September 12, 2012

Letter to Assistant Secretary Blake on Rimsha Masih
Bishop Richard E. Pates, September 7, 2012

Letter to House Foreign Affairs Committee on Protecting Religious Minorities in the Arab World
Bishop Richard E. Pates, September 4, 2012

Letter to Patriarch Twal on Anti-Christian Incident at Monastery
Timothy Cardinal Dolan and Bishop Richard Pates, September 7, 2012

Statement on Anti-Christian Incident at Monastery Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land
September 4, 2012
Letter to Secretary of State Clinton on Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Bishop Richard E. Pates, July 13, 2012

The Church and the Global Crisis of Religious Liberty
Thomas F. Farr, June 13, 2012

An Example from Local, Suffering Church Reflection from Iraqi Bishop Shlemon Warduni
June 13, 2012

Congressional Testimony on International Religious Freedom
Bishop Ricardo Ramirez, CSB, November 17, 2011

Letter to the U.S. Senate on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, October 27, 2011

Letter to Representatives Frank and Eshoo on Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom Act
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, June 27, 2011

Letter to House Foreign Affairs Committee on International Religious Freedom Act
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, June 17, 2011

Letter to Secretary Clinton on Violence in Egypt
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, March 14, 2011

Letter to Secretary Clinton Emphasizing Importance of Religious Freedom
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, February 9, 2011

Letter to Secretary Clinton on Protection of Religious Freedom following Attacks in Egypt, Iraq and Nigeria
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, January 6, 2011

Letter to Assistant Secretary Posner on Protecting Human Rights and Religious Freedom
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, December 30, 2010

Letter to Pakistani Ambassador on Protecting Human Rights and Religious Freedom
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, December 30, 2010

Letter to President Obama on Protection of Iraqi Christians
Francis Cardinal George, OMI, November 9, 2010

Statement on Anti-Muslim Prejudice
Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, Bishop William F. Murphy, Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, September 9, 2010

Letter to Assistant Secretary of State Blake on Violence Against Christians in Bangladesh
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, May 12, 2010

Letter to Secretary Clinton on Importance of Religious Freedom
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, March 1, 2010

Coalition Letter to President Bush on Violence against Christians in India
November 7, 2008

Letter to Assistant Secretary of State Boucher on Violence Against Christians in India
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, September 29, 2008

Letter to Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil on Violence Against Christians in India
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, September 19, 2008

Letter to Assistant Secretary of State Hill on Tibet
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, April 3, 2008

A Plea for Solidarity with Religious Minorities in Iraq
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, June 25, 2007

Letter to Representative Smith on the 2006 Annual Report on Religious Freedom
Bishop Thomas Wenski, December 20, 2006

Letter to Secretary Rice on Religious Minorities in Iraq
Bishop Thomas Wenski, October 26, 2006

Letter to Ambassador Schwab on Trade Relationship Between the United States and Vietnam
Bishop Thomas Wenski, August 24, 2006

Toward a Responsible Transition in Iraq  | En Español
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, January 12, 2006

Testimony for Hearing on the 2005 International Religious Freedom Report of the U.S. Department of State
Bishop Ricardo Ramirez, November 15, 2005

Letter to Representative Kolbe on East Timor
September 20, 2005

Letter to Chairmen Young and Kolbe on Religious Freedom in Georgia
Bishop John H. Ricard, October 27, 2003

Statement on the 35th Anniversary of the Declaration on Religious Freedom
Cardinal Bernard Law, December 8, 2000

Letter to Indonesian Ambassador on Violence Against Christians
Cardinal Bernard Law, June 30, 2000