The International Religious Freedom Act Law and Legal Definition

The International Religious Freedom Act is a federal statute passed in 1998. The Act aims to promote religious freedom as a foreign policy of the U.S. The main purpose of the Act is to prevent religious persecution throughout the world.

The Congress made some findings in order to propagating this Act. Some of the findings under 22 USCS § 6401 are:

1. The right to freedom of religion undergirds the very origin and existence of the U.S. Many national leaders fled religious persecution abroad, cherishing in their hearts and minds the ideal of religious freedom. They established in law, as a fundamental right and as a pillar of our Nation, the right to freedom of religion. From its birth to this day, the U.S has prized the legacy of religious freedom and honored this heritage by standing for religious freedom and offering refuge to those suffering religious persecution.

2.Freedom of religious belief and practice is a universal human right and fundamental freedom articulated in numerous international instruments, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Helsinki Accords, the Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief, the United Nations Charter, and the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.****