Friday, August 01, 2014

Congress Passes Two Bills On International Religious Freedom

On Tuesday, Congress sent S.653, the Near East and South Central Asia Religious Freedom Act of 2014, to the President for his signature.  The bill provides that  the President may appoint a Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia. (Legislative history.)

On Tuesday the Senate gave final passage to H.R. 4028. (Legislative history). The bill amends Sec. 2(a)(4) of the International Religious Freedom Act to add desecration of cemeteries to the list of violations of religious freedom that Congress finds of concern.