Deputy Secretary Blinken To Release Report on International Religious Freedom

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 9, 2016


U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will release the 2015 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, in the Press Briefing Room at the U.S. Department of State.

Deputy Secretary Blinken will introduce the report. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom David Saperstein will give remarks and take questions.

Remarks will be open to the press.

Members of the press must be in the Press Briefing Room no later than 9:45 a.m.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following:

  • A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center),
  • A media-issued photo identification card, or
  • A letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver’s license, passport).

Instructions for embargoed access of the report will be sent to members of the press on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. The entire report is EMBARGOED until the end of the press briefing, at approximately 10:45 a.m. After the briefing, the report will be available to the public on //2009-2017.state.gov and www.humanrights.gov.

For updates, follow the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor on Facebook and Twitter, or join the conversation on Twitter using #ReligiousFreedom. Please call the Department of State's Office of Press Relations at 202-647-2492 for further information.