2008 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom.

4 10 2008

URL: http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/irf/2008/index.htm. Source: US Dept. of State.

Ten years ago the U.S. Congress unanimously passed the International Religious Freedom Act which, as President Bush recently stated, “builds on a tradition that defined our nation” and “placed religious liberty where it belongs — at the center of U.S. foreign policy.” Sixty years ago, in 1948, the United Nations issued the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which has been hailed as the Magna Carta for all humanity. Among its many achievements, the Universal Declaration enshrined in Article 18 the internal right to believe, the external right to worship and share, and the individual right to choose one’s faith without fear of government intervention or harm.

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