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

Human Rights

Close up of a UN map of the Rwanda-Burundi Border showing lake Rweru.

Audio Probe Needed In Rwanda-Burundi Lake Deaths

Several dead bodies found floating in a lake on the border between Burundi and Rwanda remain unidentified. More

In this July 5, 2013 photo, Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti, gestures during an interview at his home in Beijing.

Audio U.S. Concerned Over Sentencing of Chinese Professor

The United States is deeply concerned over the sentencing of Chinese ethnic Uighur professor Ilham Tohti to life in prison. More

Demonstrators near the Ukraine embassy in Moscow seek information about missing Russian photographer Andrei Stenin on Aug. 26, 2014. His death was confirmed Sept. 3, 2014.

Audio Media Under Threat in OSCE

The United States is deeply concerned about the increasing acts of violence against journalists in many OSCE countries. More

Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman speaking at Georgetown University.

Audio Throughout the Middle East, a Need to Change Course

“America’s policy in the Middle East begins with our understanding that the problems now plaguing the region have tangled roots." More

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at an event on human rights in North Korea in advance of the United Nations General Assembly in New York September 23, 2014.

Audio Speaking Out for North Korea's Rights Victims

Secretary of State John Kerry denounced the human rights violations perpetrated by the government of North Korea against the North Korean people. More

More Human Rights Editorials

Audio Women Suffer Under ISIL Rule

Women and girls living in areas of Iraq and Syria that have fallen under the control of ISIL, have been deliberately targeted for brutality.

Audio U.S. Priorities at the 69th General Assembly

Many pressing global issues are being discussed, in what Acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations Dean Pittman said is a “challenging time for the United States and its partners.”

Audio Concern Over Chinese Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng

The United States is concerned over the plight of renowned Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng.

Audio Development and Improving Lives After 2015

The United States strongly supports a stand-alone goal for gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

Audio Crimea 'Elections' Not Legitimate

The United States does not recognize the legitimacy of the so-called elections conducted in Crimea September 14th and will not acknowledge their outcome.

Audio In Syria, Civilians Are Targets

“We call on the Syrian regime and their patrons to immediately stop the indiscriminate shelling of Jobar and countless other towns across Syria."

Audio A Campaign to Eradicate ISIL

President Barack Obama has laid out his strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the terrorist group ISIL.

Audio Ten Years Since Munir's Murder

On September 7, 2004, Munir Said Thalib, an anti-corruption activist and founder of Indonesia’s Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence was poisoned while on a flight from Jakarta, Indonesia to Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Audio An Appeal Over Americans Held or Missing in Iran

The United States is appealing to the Iranian government to release three U.S. citizens detained by authorities in Iran and for help in finding a fourth who went missing.

Audio NGOs Look Beyond Millennium Development Goals

Representatives from 117 countries meet at 65th NGO Conference, to discuss post-2015, post-MDG development agenda.

Audio U.S. Condemns Beheading Of Second American

The United States condemns in the strongest terms possible the brutal and barbaric beheading by ISIL of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff.

Audio Labor Day 2014

On the first Monday of September every year, America pauses to honor its workers and the contributions they make to our nation’s strength and prosperity.

Audio Ceasefire Violations Continue In South Sudan

Rebels fighting the South Sudanese government seized a helicopter of a regional ceasefire monitoring team and briefly detained its members.

Audio Deadly Attacks Underscore Need For Inclusive Government in Iraq

One of the goals behind the recent spate of deadly attacks against Iraqi civilians is to prevent the formation of a new, inclusive government. This tactic must not be allowed to succeed.

Attacks on Humanitarians Represent Deficit of Humanity

Last year, 155 humanitarian aid workers were killed, 171 injured, and 134 kidnapped, a 66 percent increase from the previous year.

Audio On Conflict Prevention

“The United Nations . . . remains the focal point for the maintenance of international peace and security. Yet, we look out at a world mired in crisis and conflict.”

Audio Focusing on North Korea's Human Rights Violations

International scrutiny of North Korea’s egregious human rights violations has intensified with the release of a UN report which concluded that some of the ongoing atrocities in the country may constitute crimes against humanity.

Audio More U.S. Resources To Child Marriage Prevention

USAID commits an additional $4.8 million to fund programs in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Tanzania, and Yemen to end child, early, and forced marriage.

Audio Eliminating Sexual Violence In Conflict

The scourge of sexual violence in conflict has been identified by the United Nations as a matter of acute and urgent concern.

Audio Free Speech Threatened in South Sudan

Security forces in South Sudan shut down a prominent independent radio station and briefly detained its news director.