Secretary of State Michael Pompeo removed Uzbekistan from the U.S. State Department’s “Country of Particular Concern” (CPC) list due to the improving religious freedom situation in the country. A few months prior, IGE was privileged to lead a civil society delegation to Tashkent to meet with local religious leaders and institutions and sign a MOU with the government to collaborate on advancing religious freedom in the country.
On September 17, 2018, the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE) and the Uzbekistan government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to partner together in efforts to build religious freedom in the country. The groundbreaking MOU marks the first time that Uzbekistan will work with a foreign NGO to address religious freedom.In addition to the MOU signing, IGE led a delegation of American Christian and Muslim leaders to meet with counterparts in Uzbekistan.
This September, IGE conducted its flagship religious freedom training program in the Mekong Delta region, one of Vietnam’s most religiously diverse regions. This training was the seventh-such religious freedom training that IGE has held in Vietnam and builds upon IGE’s 13 years of engagement in the country.