Date:                          January 27, 2023


U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Hearing 

Two Years after the Coup: Religious Freedom in a Contested Burma 

Wednesday, February 8, 2023
10:30am-12:00pm ET
Virtual Hearing

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Please join the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for a virtual hearing on religious freedom in Burma following two years of rule by the military junta. The hearing will explore religious freedom conditions within Burma, the extent to which the coup has worsened conditions for ethnic and religious minorities, and the severity of its effect on efforts to repatriate religious refugees who have fled into neighboring countries such as Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, and Thailand.

Witnesses will provide overviews on current and recent conditions for communities on the ground in Burma and discuss efforts toward a more democratic Burma. Participants will also discuss the ways that U.S. policy can more effectively support and assist in the protection of freedom of religion or belief in the country.

Opening Remarks

  • Nury Turkel, Chair, USCIRF
  • Abraham Cooper, Vice Chair USCIRF 
  • Priscilla A. Clapp, Senior Advisor, United States Institute of Peace
  • Kyaw Zeyar Win, Burma Technical Specialist, International Republican Institute
  • Zo Tum Hmung, Executive Director, Chin Association of Maryland
  • Wai Wai Nu, Burmese activist on Rohingya and women’s issues
This hearing is open to Members of Congress, congressional staff, the public, and the media. Members of the media should register online and can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any questions or to schedule an interview. The video recording of the hearing will be posted on the Commission website. For any additional questions, please contact Danielle Ashbahian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (202) 702-2778.