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USCIRF delegation visits China

WASHINGTON, The United States Commission on International Religious
Freedom (USCIRF) is in China August 14-28 for a visit that was agreed to by
the United States and China in the December 2002 U.S-China bilateral human
rights dialogue. The trip has been a high priority for the Bush
Administration, and most recently was raised by Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice during her July meetings in Beijing. The delegation will
have meetings in Beijing, Chengdu, Kashgar, Urumqi, Lhasa, and Shanghai.

The USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan federal commission that advises
the President, Secretary of State, and Congress on how to promote religious
freedom and related human rights around the world. It was created by the
U.S. Congress in the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (IRFA). It
consists of nine appointed Commissioners.

As part of its annual deliberative process, the Commission assesses
religious freedom conditions first hand. In the past, USCIRF has sent
official delegations to Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Eritrea,
Laos, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan and Vietnam,
among other countries.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom was created by the
International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to monitor the status of
freedom of thought, conscience, and religion or belief abroad, as defined
in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and related international
instruments, and to give independent policy recommendations to the
President, Secretary of State, and Congress.
Visit our Web site at www.uscirf.gov

Michael Cromartie, Chair Felice D. Gaer, Vice Chair Nina Shea, Vice Chair
Khaled Abou El Fadl Preeta D. Bansal Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
Richard D. Land Elizabeth H. Prodromou
Bishop Ricardo Ramirez Ambassador John V. Hanford III, Ex-Officio
Joseph R. Crapa, Executive Director

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