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U.S. Department of State 
96/11/12 Statement: Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad 
Office of the Spokesman 
 
 
 
Press Statement by Glyn Davies/Acting Spokesman 
November 12, 1996 
 
 
 
               Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad 
 
 
 
Secretary Christopher is establishing an Advisory Committee on Religious 
Freedom Abroad, as part of this Administration's work to promote human 
rights issues.  This is an initiative that President Clinton strongly 
supports.  The White House will issue a statement on this today.  The 
Advisory Committee will be chaired by Assistant Secretary John Shattuck 
of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. 
 
The right to religious freedom is affirmed internationally by the 
Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  This Administration has made a 
concerted effort to pay more attention to the issue of human rights and 
the formation of this Committee is one more example of this. 
 
 
 
Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad 
 
 
Chairman 
 
Assistant Secretary John Shattuck, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and 
Labor, U.S. Department of State 
 
 
Members 
 
Dr. Don Argue, National Association of Evangelicals 
Rev. Joan Brown Campbell, National Council of the Churches of Christ 
Dr. Diana L. Eck, Harvard University 
Dr. Wilma M. Ellis, Continental Board of Counsellors, Baha'is of the 
    Americas 
Rabbi Irving Greenberg, National Jewish Center for Learning and 
    Leadership 
Rev. James B. Henry, Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Orlando, 
    Florida 
Bishop Frederick Calhoun James, African Methodist Episcopal Church 
The Very Rev. Leonid Kishkovsky, Orthodox Church of America 
Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles, Memorial Baptist Church, Memphis, Tennessee 
Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt, Emory University 
Dr. David Little, U.S. Institute of Peace 
Dr. Laila Al-Marayati, Muslim Women's League 
The Most Rev. Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Newark 
Imam Wallace Deen Mohammed, Society of Muslim Americans 
Dr. Russell Marion Nelson, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day 
    Saints 
The Most Rev. Ricardo Ramirez, Bishop of Las Cruces, New Mexico 
Dr. Barnett Richard Rubin, Council on Foreign Relations 
Ms. Nina Shea, Puebla Project of Freedom House 
Dr. Elliot Sperling, Indiana University 
His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon of America, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese 
    of America 
 
 
Executive Secretary 
 
Ms. Alexandra Arriaga, Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and Labor, U.S. 
    Department of State 
 
 
 
ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ABROAD 
U.S. Department of State 
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor 
2201 C Street, NW  Room 7802/DRL 
Washington, DC  20520 
 
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