According to the official website of United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)

USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission, the first of its kind in the world, dedicated to defending the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad. USCIRF reviews the facts and circumstances of religious freedom violations and makes policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress. USCIRF Commissioners are appointed by the President and the Congressional leadership of both political parties.

There have been events in the US like:

  1. Sikh owned restaurant vandalised in the US June, 2020

  2. Poway synagogue shooting 2019

  3. Overland Park Jewish Community Center shooting 2014

  4. Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting 2012

  5. Pittsburgh synagogue shooting 2018

Question: Since the USCIRF is bipartisan, did it make efforts in the past to prevent violations of religious freedom or improve religious tolerance in the US? Or does it look into internal matters?(With the assumption that the US Government didn't tolerate the above mentioned events)

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    How are your examples violations of religious freedom? They do not seem to be in any way acts of government. Quite the opposite, as IIRC they are actions of individual lunatics, with the government actively trying to hunt them down and arrest them.
    – jamesqf
    Jun 28, 2020 at 4:17
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    they are actions of individual lunatics, with the government actively trying to hunt them down and arrest them Is this a reason why the Government of India rejected the USCIRF report on India? Jun 28, 2020 at 6:09
  • I wouldn't know, since I have little knowledge of or interest in the government of India.
    – jamesqf
    Jun 28, 2020 at 23:46
  • Electronically, no! Not sure in real life. Twitter advance search and press releases don't say anything about all those happenings. Not to insult anyone, but no one gives a damn anyway. Also, they are meant to analyse things abroad, which is their job.
    – user32934
    Jun 29, 2020 at 4:25

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The charter of USCIRF is directed towards non-US events (thus the "International" in its name) and does not have any domestic authority. The events you enumerate, being domestic would be handled by domestic law enforcement authorities, primarily at the local level, but involving the FBI if there is any federal law involved.

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    Why is the USCIRF bipartisan? Jun 28, 2020 at 6:10
  • Many federal commissions are bipartisan by legislature since in theory their objectives shouldn't be partisan. In practice the commission will have an odd number of members with equal numbers of both parties plus one more member of the president's party.
    – Don Hosek
    Jun 29, 2020 at 14:28

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