US Gov’t Pushes for UN Resolution on Sri Lanka

I found myself last week in the unusual position of defending in public the United States government. The latter was the prime mover behind a resolution by the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) calling on the Sri Lankan government to improve its human rights record...

Religious Freedom Envoy Condemns Religious Intolerance

GENEVA (RNS) The Obama administration’s new envoy for international religious freedom told a U.N. commission on Tuesday (June 14) that government, political, religious and business leaders must stand ready to condemn hateful ideology. Borrowing from recent headlines,...

Clinton Defends Religious Freedom Envoy

WASHINGTON (RNS) Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton defended her new ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom on Thursday (June 2), calling the Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook a bridge-builder who is right for the job. Speaking at Cook’s ceremonial...

Bill Would Strengthen Role of Religious Freedom Envoy

WASHINGTON (RNS) New legislation proposed by a leading congressional watchdog would push the State Department to make international religious freedom a greater priority. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., introduced a bill on Wednesday (May 11) that would boost the profile of...