Near East and South Central Asia Religious Freedom Act of 2013

March 22, 2013
August 8, 2014
Became Public Law

This bill would authorize the president to appoint a special envoy to promote religious freedom of minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia. With an annual budget of $1 m. through 2018, the envoy would engage diplomatically with foreign governments to monitor religious persecution and promote the rights of minorities.

At the annual Christians United for Israel (CUFI) conference lobbying day on 7/24/13, the organization announced a new initiative meant to promote the rights of religious minorities internationally, with support for the bill at its center.

22 cosponsors (17R, 5D).

See also: related measure H.R. 301 of 1/15/13.

Last major action: 8/8/14 Became public law (7/25/14 Agreed to in the House without objection. 7/10/14 Passed in the Senate by voice vote.)

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