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The History and Development of the International Religious Freedom Act


In 1948, diplomats worked to incorporate Article 18 on religious freedom, into the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1998, the U.S. Congress passed the International Religious Freedom Act. Each year since then, the U.S. State Department, along with the private U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, rates each country in the world on whether it upholds religious freedom. What has been its effect, two decades later?