|12/04/2009: USCIRF Regrets Swiss Minaret Ban|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 4, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the US Commission on International Religious Freedom expressed profound regret over the adoption of an initiative in Switzerland that institutes an outright prohibition on the construction of minarets.
USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission. USCIRF Commissioners are appointed by the President and the leadership of both political parties in the Senate and the House of Representatives. USCIRF’s principal responsibilities are to review the facts and circumstances of violations of religious freedom internationally and to make policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State and Congress.