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A bit of a photo cliche, but there you go. Couldn't leave Canyon lands without heading to Mesa Arch at sunrise - it's only a 10 minute walk from the car park, and is stunning in the early light. It's not the biggest or most dramatic of the stone arches, but the reflecting sunlight early in the morning makes it look like it's glowing red and orange. Photo credit: Robbie Shade via Flickr

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The Office of International Religious Freedom has the mission of promoting religious freedom as a core objective of U.S. foreign policy. We monitor religious persecution and discrimination worldwide, recommend and implement policies in respective regions or countries, and develop programs to promote religious freedom.

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Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom

The Secretary of State hosts the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, an event that invites leaders from around the world to discuss the challenges facing religious freedom, identify means to address religious persecution and discrimination worldwide, and promote greater respect and preservation of religious liberty for all.

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Monitoring and Combatting Anti-Semitism

The Office of International Religious Freedom works with The Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism to advance U.S. foreign policy on anti-Semitism, including the development and implementation of policies and projects to support efforts to combat anti-Semitism.

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The 1998 International Religious Freedom Act, passed unanimously by both the House of Representatives and the Senate, established the Office of International Religious Freedom at the Department of State.

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Find out why the Department of State publishes the annual International Religious Freedom Report and designates Countries of Particular Concern (CPCs).

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