There are no good reasons for any government
to violate religious freedom or to tolerate those within its warrant who
do. However, there are many good reasons to promote religious freedom.
To that end, this report identifies some of the barriers to religious freedom
that exist and provides examples of countries where those barriers are
in place. It also catalogs some of the improvements in religious freedom
that occurred during the period of this report. Finally, it describes actions
that the United States has taken, is taking, and will continue to take
as a means of fulfilling its responsibilities under its own law and to
the human family of which it is a part.