S. 653: Near East and South Central Asia Religious Freedom Act of 2013

Mar 22, 2013
Reported by Committee
14% chance of being enacted
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Roy Blunt
Junior Senator from Missouri
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Mar 22, 2013
5 pages
Related Bills
S. 1245 (112th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jun 22, 2011

H.R. 301 (Related)
To provide for the establishment of the Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of ...

Passed House
Last Action: Sep 18, 2013


The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on December 18, 2013.

Introduced Mar 22, 2013
Referred to Committee Mar 22, 2013
Reported by Committee Dec 18, 2013
Passed Senate ...
Passed House ...
Signed by the President ...

14% chance of being enacted.

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Full Title

A bill to provide for the establishment of the Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia.


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22 cosponsors (17R, 5D) (show)

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12/18/2013--Reported to Senate without amendment.
Near East and South Central Asia Religious Freedom Act of 2013 -
Section 2 -
Authorizes the President to appoint a Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia within the Department of State. Requires the Special Envoy to have the rank of ambassador.
Section 3 -
Requires the Special Envoy to:
(1) promote the right of religious freedom of religious minorities in the countries of the Near East and South Central Asia, denounce the violation of such right, and recommend appropriate U.S government responses to such violations;
(2) monitor and combat acts of religious intolerance and incitement targeted against such religious minorities;
(3) ensure that the needs of such religious minority communities are addressed, including economic and security needs directly tied to religious-based discrimination and persecution;
(4) work with foreign governments of such countries to address inherently discriminatory laws; and
(5) coordinate and assist in the preparation of specified reports required by the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.
Section 4 -
Authorizes the Special Envoy, subject to direction by the President and the Secretary of State, to represent the United States in matters and cases relevant to religious freedom in: (1) contacts with foreign governments, intergovernmental organizations, and specialized agencies of the United Nations (U.N.), the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe, and other international organizations; and (2) multilateral conferences and meetings relevant to religious freedom.
Section 5 -
Provides for the Special Envoy to consult, as appropriate, with domestic and international nongovernmental organizations and multilateral organizations and institutions.

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