Africa: Commemorating International Religious Freedom Day – Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of IRFA


the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA), it marked a significant milestone in our dedication to promoting and protecting religious freedom globally. As we reflect on this anniversary, we renew our steadfast commitment to ensuring that individuals of all faiths can freely practice their beliefs.

IRFA, an influential law, empowered us with diverse resources to advocate for those facing persecution and champion religious freedom worldwide. Its impact has been profound, allowing oppressed voices to be heard and granting advocates the means to drive positive change.

Religious freedom, an essential pillar of American society, holds immense importance to us. President Clinton’s signature on IRFA a quarter-century ago solidified our unwavering devotion to this core value. Since then, we have continually strived to foster an environment where individuals can worship without constraint.

On this momentous occasion, we acknowledge the progress made but recognize that challenges persist. Therefore, we vow to redouble our efforts to counter religious intolerance, discrimination, and violence wherever they arise. We will work tirelessly to ensure that everyone, irrespective of their beliefs, enjoys the fundamental freedom to practice their religion.

As we forge ahead, we remain committed to collaborating with nations across the globe, embracing diversity, and fostering dialogue that promotes mutual understanding. Together, we can build a world that cherishes and protects religious freedom, enabling every person to live their lives in accordance with their deeply held convictions.

[State Department]