U.S. Baha'i Leader Appointed to Presidential Commission on Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON - Firuz Kazemzadeh, a long-serving leader in the Bahá'í community of the United States of America, has been appointed by United States President William Clinton to serve on the Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Dr. Kazemzadeh, a professor emeritus of history at Yale University, was one of three Clinton appointees to the nine-member Commission, which was established by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.

Passing it with unanimous approval, Congress signed the Act into law on 27 October 1998. The Commission, which is advisory in nature, will issue an annual report to the US Secretary of State and the President, providing recommendations for US policy responses to international religious freedom violations.

Dr. Kazemzadeh has served on the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States for 35 years and is currently its Secretary for External Affairs. His appointment to the Commission was announced by the White House in May 1999.