Washington Conference on Threats to Religious and Ethnic Minorities under ISIL

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 26, 2016

The United States will convene an international conference on Threats to Religious and Ethnic Minorities under ISIL on July 29, 2016, at the U.S. Department of State, in Washington, D.C.

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will give opening remarks to delegates attending the meeting of more than 20 countries, the European Union, and several United Nations offices. The event, hosted by Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom David Saperstein and Special Advisor for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South and Central Asia Knox Thames, will feature discussions on ways to protect religious and ethnic minorities in areas controlled by ISIL. The conference will take place in the Loy Henderson Auditorium of the Harry S. Truman Building at 9:05 a.m.

Deputy Secretary Blinken’s remarks will be open to the press.

Pre-set time for cameras is 8:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.

Final access time for writers and stills is 8:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued photo media credential (e.g., Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center); or (2) an official photo identification card issued by their news organization; or (3) a letter from their employer on official letterhead verifying their current employment as a journalist. Additionally, they must present an official government photo identification card (i.e. a U.S. driver's license or passport).

More information on the Washington Conference on Threats to Religious and Ethnic Minorities under ISIL is available here: http://www.humanrights.gov/dyn/07/daeshconference/.

In addition, religious and civic leaders from the region will attend a civil society meeting co-sponsored by the State Department on July 28 at Georgetown University. Government and international organization delegations have been invited to attend the meeting to hear directly the concerns and recommendations of civil society. The event is open to the public. More information is available here.

For further information and to make any requests for reasonable accommodation, please contact Sarah Krech at KrechSE@state.gov or (202) 647-3607 or visit humanrights.gov. For updates, follow Ambassador Saperstein on Twitter and Special Advisor Thames on Twitter.