CFI Joins Letter Urging U.S. Government Leaders to Address Russia’s Crackdown on Civil Society

September 27, 2013

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) this week joined more than a dozen individuals and organizations in writing to leaders in the United States government with specific recommendations to more effectively address the recent crackdown on civil society and religious freedom in Russia.

The letter, coordinated by the International Religious Freedom Roundtable, urged various U.S. government leaders to “take decisive actions to more effectively press the leaders of the Russian government to reverse course, make good on Russian guarantees of freedom of religion and association for every individual and religious community, and honor Russia’s international human rights obligations and commitments.”

U.S. government leaders receiving the letter include President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Suzan Johnson Cook, the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House Foreign Affairs and Senate Foreign Relations Committees and their relevant subcommittees, the Chairs and Co-Chairs of U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, the U.S. Helsinki Commission, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, and the International Religious Freedom Caucus. The letter was also distributed at this week’s religious freedom session of the 2013 Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) in Warsaw, Poland. 

You can download the version sent to President Obama here (PDF). 

This effort is part of the ongoing work of CFI’s Office of Public Policy, which operates the Campaign for Free Expression, to defend and promote the universal rights to freedom of religion, belief, and expression.