United States government agencies can be a surprising source of information about international topics. For example, The International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (IRFA) required the State Department to establish an Office of International Religious Freedom and to submit an Annual Report on Religious Freedom to Congress. These detailed reports are based on data from foreign service staff throughout the world with input from human rights organizations, journalists, religious officials, and other sources. The latest report, released this week, covers the six-month period from July through December 2010, as the State Department shifts to a calendar year reporting period. The report Appendices include religious freedom documents from the United Nations and other sources. For historical perspective, all International Religious Freedom reports going back to 2001 are provided on the current State Department site, with a link to archived earlier reports.
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