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Monitoring the observance of the right to freedom of religion and belief in Central Asia

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is an independent body of the US government, established on a bipartisan basis in accordance with the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) of 1998. The Commission monitors the observance of the universal right to freedom of religion and belief abroad. Using international standards to monitor violations of freedom of religion and belief abroad, the Commission develops policy recommendations for the president, secretary of state, and US Congress.

The USCIRF is an independent body, independent and separate from the State Department. The 2018 annual report is a summary of the work of commissioners and professional staff throughout the year on the documentation of irregularities in the field and contains independent policy recommendations for the US government. The annual report of 2018 covers the period from January 2017 to December 2017, although in some cases it mentions significant events that occurred before and after this period.

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