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Human Rights

Labor activist Shahrokh Zamani died in custody in Rajai Shahr Prison.

Audio Human Rights in Iran

State Department report notes “severe restrictions on civil liberties, including the freedoms of assembly, association, speech (including via the internet), religion and press.” More

Crimean Tatar community leader Refat Chubarov arrives for a Security and Defense Committee meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. The committee exchanged views on the militarization of Crimea and the security situation one year after the annexation by Russia. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Audio U.S. Condemns Rights Abuses in Crimea

The Russian Ministry of Justice has suspended the activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, an institution registered with the Ukrainian Government and operating in Ukrainian territory, putting it on the Russian Government’s list of “extremist organizations.” More

In this June 30, 2010 file photo, Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiquiang lights a cigarette during an interview at his office in Beijing.

Audio Disturbing Trend for Human Rights in China

In China, “Repression and coercion markedly increased during the year against organizations and individuals involved in civil and political rights advocacy and public interest and ethnic minority issues." More

Coffins containing remains of those killed in the brutal al-Anfal campaign.

Audio Remembering Operation Anfal

This month marks the observance of the 28th anniversary of the beginning of Operation Anfal, then-Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s murderous campaign against the populations in northern Iraq. The al-Anfal campaign, began in 1986 and ended in 1989. More

A United Nations Human Rights staff points to the title of a drawing describing North Korean labour camp no 18, a gift  by survivor Kim Hye Sook.

Audio Human Rights Remain Abysmal in North Korea

The human rights situation in North Korea remains abysmal, according the 2015 State Department Human Rights Report. More

More Human Rights Editorials

Audio Human Rights Report 2015

The 2015 Country Reports On Human Rights Practices, issued by the State Department in mid-April, saw the continuation of a disturbing trend—that of tightening of restrictions on civil society and private citizens, particularly journalists and voices of the opposition.

Audio International Women of Courage Awards 2016

10 years, 60 countries, nearly 100 women. That was the milestone the U.S. Department of State marked with the 2016 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award.

Audio The Missing 14th Woman of Courage

Although she was not allowed to travel to the United States to receive her award, Secretary of State Kerry praised Ni Yulan in absentia.

Countering Violent Extremism in Bangladesh

"These barbaric acts are not just attacks on the Bangladeshi people, but also their long tradition of open debate, religious tolerance, and moderation.”

Audio U.S. Condemns Terrorist Attack in Lahore

More than 70 people were killed and more than 300 hundred injured in a suicide bombing in a crowded park in Lahore, Pakistan on Easter Sunday.

Audio U.S. Concern for Human Rights

"The fight for greater freedom, greater respect, greater dignity is a unifying narrative of our humanity in all its diversity."

Audio Creating a Better Future for Girls

Education improves the lives of both boys and girls and promotes development. But too often, girls are denied the opportunity to learn, and in many countries, they are still subject to practices that harm them.

Audio Genocide in the Middle East

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has announced his judgment that Daesh is responsible for genocide.

Audio Promoting Religious Freedom in South Asia

Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom David Saperstein said that while there have been positive developments from both governments and civil society in South Asia, serious challenges remain.

Audio Combatting Global Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism, said President Barack Obama, is "a distillation, an expression of an evil that runs through so much of human history, and if we do not answer that, we do not answer any other form of evil."

Audio International Concern Over Chinese Human Rights

At a recent United Nations Human Rights Council meeting, eleven countries joined the United States in expressing concern about the deteriorating human rights situation in China.

Audio Second Anniversary of Sham Referendum in Crimea

This month marks the second anniversary of the sham referendum on Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, which Russia held in violation of international law and the Ukrainian constitution.

Audio A New President for Burma

Burma’s Union Parliament has elected Htin Kyaw, of the National League for Democracy, as the country’s first truly civilian president in more than fifty years.

Audio Countries Succeed When Women Are Treated Well

Latin America has come a long way over the past two decades. Yet women still face many obstacles.

Audio Remembering the Halabja Massacre

Twenty-eight years ago, on March 16, 1988, the regime of then-President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, committed one of the worst atrocities of the modern era: the murder by poison gas of thousands of civilians in the Kurdish-Iraqi town of Halabja.

Audio Respect for Rights Critical in Fighting Violent Extremism

Secretary of State John Kerry has called corruption a “radicalizer,” because it “destroys faith in legitimate authority.” In such a vacuum, violent extremists that portray themselves as pious and untainted can offer a seemingly seductive alternative.

Audio In Malaysia, Backstepping on Press Freedom

The United States is concerned about the deterioration of freedom of the press and the internet in Malaysia, a friend and partner of the United States.

Audio U.S. Urges Release of Ukrainian Political Prisoners

“The charges against Ukrainian citizens held for politically-motivated reasons should be dismissed, and in the case of those being held within Russia, they should be allowed to return to Ukraine."

Audio International Women's Day

This is a day to reflect on women’s progress, call for further change, and acknowledge the courage and determination of women working for gender equality around the world.

Audio Awards for Corporate Excellence 2016

The State Department's annual Award for Corporate Excellence recognizes the important role American businesses play in the world through their commitment to social responsibility, innovation, exemplary practices, and democratic values.