Reflecting the Views of the U.S. Government as Broadcast on The Voice of America

Democracy and Governance

A wounded man is being carried into the General Hospital in Bangui on Sept. 26, 2015, after unknown assailants opened fire in the PK5 district, a neighborhood with a majority of Muslim residents.

Audio Opportunity for Peaceful Change in C.A.R.

A resurgence of sectarian violence in the Central African Republic, C.A.R., raises grave concerns for that country’s political transition and respect for the human rights of all its citizens. More

Dream-catcher workshop. Children's Summer Camp at American Center Day 1. August 2015

Audio More Suffocation of Civil Society in Russia

​After 22 years, a space for exchange between the people and cultures of Russia and the United States has been cut off by the Russian government. More

Prospective voters check eligible voters' list at an administrative office in Mandalay.

Audio Concerns About Burma's Candidate Disqualifications

The United States is concerned about the candidate disqualifications and is watching the situation closely. Almost all Muslim candidates were reportedly disqualified, but authorities have yet to provide the specific reasons why they didn’t meet the citizenship criteria. More


Audio Political Prisoners Must Be Set Free

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power recently deplored the fact that “women whose critically important voices will be missing from the dialogue around the Beijing+20 conference.” More

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2013 file photo, opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez gives a press conference in Caracas, Venezuela.

Audio Justice Denied in Venezuela

​The United States has voiced deep disappointment over the conviction and sentencing of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. More

More Democracy and Governance Editorials

Audio Power Grab in Burkina Faso Threatens Legitimacy

The United States strongly condemns the actions by elements of the Presidential Security Regiment against the civilian-led transition government of Burkina Faso.

Court in Central African Republic Upholds Rule of Law

Officials in the Central African Republic are working diligently to prepare for long-awaited national elections despite some organizational challenges.

In Egypt, a Blow Against Press Freedom

“The United States is deeply disappointed and concerned by the verdict handed down by an Egyptian court to the three Al-Jazeera journalists - Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed, and Peter Greste.”

Audio Heightened Tensions in Turkey

Tensions have been on the rise in Turkey, following a spate of violent incidents.

Audio 9/11 Anniversary - 14 Years Later

“September 11 is a date seared into the minds of all of us at the U.S. Department of State and of citizens across America. Together, we honor the memory of the men, women, and children murdered in 2001.”

Audio Election Over, Challenges Remain in Burundi

Political violence shows no easing in Burundi, with the murder of an opposition party spokesman in the capital, Bujumbura.

Audio Azerbaijani Journalist Sentenced

U.S. State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner urged the government of Azerbaijan “to release Ms. Ismayilova and others incarcerated in connection with exercising their fundamental freedoms.

Audio Challenges and Violence in Ukraine

The Ukrainian government and people continue to struggle to move their country toward peace and prosperity.

Guinea Political Agreement a Hopeful Sign

The Government of Guinea and two main opposition parties there have signed an agreement to settle their dispute over terms of the upcoming presidential election, raising hopes of an inclusive and peaceful vote.

Audio Malinowski at Community of Democracies

“Democracy faces greater challenges today than at any point in recent memory.”

Audio Dialogue Needed in Guinea-Bissau Political Crisis

The President of Guinea-Bissau, Jose Mario Vaz, has fired the prime minister and dismissed the government, following escalating disagreements with Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira.

Audio Marking Mongolia's Democratic Participation

Mongolia has had six democratic elections since its peaceful democratic revolution in 1990.

Audio Obama on Democracy in Africa

“Africans like people everywhere,” said President Barack Obama in a speech at the African Union headquarters in Ethiopia, “deserve the dignity of being in control of their own lives.”

Audio Dialogue Needed to Address Flawed Burundi Election

The balloting and electoral process have been broadly criticized as non-credible by the East African Community and international partners, including President Obama during his recent visit to Kenya.

Audio A New Chapter for the OAS

“We remain committed to those bedrock principles and ideals of democracy, security, and development for all of our citizens.”

Audio U.S. Concerned Over Shaikh Ali Salman

​The United States is deeply concerned by the June 16 conviction and sentencing by a Bahraini court of Shaikh Ali Salman, the Secretary General of the Al-Wifaq opposition political society.

Audio Helping Africans Gain Access to Justice

"Access to justice doesn’t just mean access to courts, it means access to information and to government services from a government that is responsive to their needs."

Audio Magna Carta, A Cornerstone of the Constitution

After 800 years, the Magna Carta still forms an important symbol of liberty today.

Audio Civil Society Activist Sentenced in Iran

Artist Atena Farghadani has been sentenced to twelve and a half years in prison for drawings and other content critical of the government which she posted on Facebook.

Audio A Sea Change in Sri Lanka

Since his victory, President Sirisena has implemented a number of reforms, including removing media restrictions, lifting restrictions on foreign travel to the North, and initiating corruption probes.