Secretary Clinton to Release Report on International Religious Freedom on September 13

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 12, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will release the 2010 mid-year Report on International Religious Freedom on Tuesday, September 13, at approximately 10:00 a.m. in the Press Briefing Room at the U.S. Department of State.

Secretary Clinton will introduce the report. Following her remarks, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Michael Posner and Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Suzan Johnson Cook will take questions.

The remarks will be open to credentialed members of the media. Media should enter through the 23rd Street entrance no later than 9:30 a.m.

Embargoed copies of the 2010 mid-year Report on International Religious Freedom will be available online as of 8:00 AM, Tuesday September 13:
user name: IRF_Jul-Dec
password: IRF_4321

These reports will remain embargoed until the end of the press briefing on September 13, 2011

The Annual Report on International Religious Freedom covers the legal status of religious freedom in more than 190 countries and territories around the world. The International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 also mandates the designation of Countries of Particular Concern. Countries of Particular Concern are governments that have engaged in, or tolerated, systematic, ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

Department of State
Office of Press Relations
(202) 647-2492

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, & Labor
Evan Owen
(202) 647-4747

PRN: 2011/1466