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Taken Questions
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 8, 2003
Question Taken at October 8, 2003 Daily Press Briefing

International Religious Freedom Report (Taken Question)

2003/1023

Question:  When and how did we notify Congress that we wished a delay in the submission of the International Religious Freedom Report?

Answer:   We began informal consultations with Congress in the summer, when we realized that the release of this year's report would likely be delayed. Since then, we have continued to provide information on the status of the report to interested Members and staff.

Offices in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and in other bureaus are working together and with U.S. embassies to ensure that this year's report meets our high standard of objectivity, accuracy and thoroughness.

We will maintain regular contact with members of Congress and congressional staff to keep them apprised of the pace of progress toward completing the report.

Released on October 9, 2003

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