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Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will deliver on-camera remarks for the release of the 2020 International Religious Freedom Report on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. in the Press Briefing Room at the U.S. Department of State.

Office of International Religious Freedom Senior Official Dan Nadel will deliver remarks and take questions in the Briefing Room immediately following Secretary Blinken’s remarks.

Religious freedom is both a core American value and a universal human right. Mandated by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, the annual International Religious Freedom Report details the status of religious freedom in nearly 200 foreign countries and territories and describes U.S. actions to support religious freedom worldwide.

Instructions for embargoed access to the reports will be sent to members of the press on Wednesday, May 12, at 9:30 a.m. The entire report is EMBARGOED until the start of the press briefing. The reports will be available to the public on following the Secretary’s remarks.

This event will be pooled press coverage only and livestreamed on

For further information, please contact the Office of Press Relations at and follow @StateIRF  on Twitter to learn more about the Department’s efforts to advance religious freedom around the world.


U.S. Department of State

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