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Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook to Present Annual International Religious Freedom Report


Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 27, 2012

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Following the transmittal to Congress by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Suzan Johnson Cook, will present the 2011 International Religious Freedom Report on July 30th at 12:00 p.m. in the Press Briefing Room at the U.S. Department of State. The International Religious Freedom Report covers the status of religious freedom in countries around the world.

Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook will introduce the report and take questions.

Following the release of the report, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver remarks on the state of religious freedom around the world on 30 July at 2:00 p.m. at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Remarks will be open to the press.

Pre-set time for cameras: 11:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 11:45 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 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).

Instructions for embargoed access of the report will be available, to members of the press only, on Monday, July 30 at 10:30 a.m. in the State Department’s Press Office (Room 2109). The entire report is EMBARGOED until the end of the press briefing, approximately 1:00 p.m. After the briefing, the report will be available to the public on www.HumanRights.gov.

PRESS CONTACTS:

Office of Press Relations
U.S. Department of State
Phone (202) 647-2492

For updates, follow Ambassador at Large Suzan Johnson Cook on Facebook and Twitter @State_DRL, or join the conversation on Twitter at #IRF11.



PRN: 2012/1229



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