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

Human Rights

Zaman editor-in-chief Ekrem Dumanli, surrounded by his colleagues and plainclothes police officers (C), reacts as he leaves the headquarters of Zaman daily newspaper in Istanbul December 14, 2014.

Media Under Fire in Turkey

On December 14th, a crackdown swept 13 cities across Turkey, as police detained at least 27 journalists, police officers, and others, including Ekrem Dumanli, the Editor-in-Chief of Zaman, one of the Turkey’s highest circulating newspapers. More

U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Sung Kim answers reporters questions in Tokyo, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014.

Audio Sung Kim on North Korea

“North Korea continues to have the world’s worst human rights situation.” More

Members of civil society hold placards during a protest against honor killing in Lahore, Pakistan.

Audio Human Rights Day 2014

On December 10th, the global community observes International Human Rights Day, to commemorate the 1948 adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. More

Women from a camp for displaced people in Kitchanga, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Audio Fighting the Most Pervasive Human Rights Abuse

We all must work together to fight gender-based violence around the world, and the abuse of power in all of its forms. More

A young migrant girl waits for a freight train to depart on her way to the U.S. border, in Ixtepec, Mexico, Saturday, July 12, 2014.

Audio Biden on Central America Strategy

U.S. is committed to working with Central American governments to target human smuggling networks, address the underlying factors that fuel migration, and build the governments’ capacity to receive repatriated migrants back into their communities. More

More Human Rights Editorials

Audio China's Crackdown on Free Expression Continues

The United States remains concerned by the ongoing detention and prosecution of public interest lawyers, journalists, bloggers, religious leaders, and others who challenge official Chinese policies and actions.

Audio The Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism

“As we remember Kristallnacht, let us remember our moral responsibility, both as government officials and as individuals, to speak out against all forms of hatred and intolerance.”

Audio Investment in Young People Defines Future

Reproductive health services help young people preserve their options, pursue future goals and even save their own lives.

Audio Condemnation of ISIL's Sexual and Physical Violence Against Women

"The scope of violations and abuses perpetrated in Iraq and Syria by the militant group ISIL is staggering, and “many of their acts may amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity."

Audio U.S. Committed to Helping Burma Transition to Democracy

“In the past two years, important changes have been made. ... At the same time, it’s clear how much hard work remains to be done, and that many difficult choices still lie ahead.”

Audio Magnitsky Deserves Justice

This month marks the 5th anniversary of the death of Russian lawyer Sergey Magnitskiy in one of Russia's harshest pre-trial detention centers, where he was repeatedly denied medical care and tortured.

Audio Russia Continues to Violate Ukraine's Sovereignty

Russia continues to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, despite the commitments it made in the Minsk protocols in September.

Audio Prominent Syrian Dissident Detained

The United States is deeply concerned by the reported arrest by Syrian authorities of prominent Syrian dissident Louay Hussein.

Audio Kerry on Women and the Economy

A large and growing body of evidence leaves little doubt that when women participate in the formal marketplace, the economic strength and competitiveness of the entire country rise.

Audio End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

"On this day and every day we affirm that ending impunity is both a moral imperative and a practical necessity in creating free, open, and stable societies around the world."

Audio Sanctioning Countries That Use Child Soldiers: A Delicate Balance

These countries then face legal restrictions on access to certain types of U.S. military assistance and training.

Audio Russia's Political Theater in Eastern Ukraine

On November 2nd, Russia-backed separatists in the separatist-controlled portions of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions organized and carried out illegitimate “elections.”

Audio U.S. Condemns Executions in Anbar

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, militants have killed hundreds of members of an Iraqi tribe in western Anbar province.

Audio Execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari Condemned

Despite an international campaign by human rights monitors, governments, and individuals around the world, the Iranian regime has executed a young woman who claimed she stabbed a man who was attempting to sexually assault her.

Audio OSCE States Must Respect Freedom of Expression

A fundamental commitment by the participating states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, or OSCE, is to guarantee freedom of expression.

Audio Syrian People Victimized by ISIL and Assad

The Syrian people are caught in a web of violence being spun by the monstrous terrorist organization ISIL on the one hand, and the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad on the other.

Audio Peace Prize Laureates Stand in Contrast to ISIL's Depravity

Both laureates “have faced down threats and intimidation, risking their own lives to save others and build a better world for future generations.”

Audio Observing International Day of the Girl Child

We believe that every girl in the world deserves to have a chance to live up to her dreams and aspirations.

Audio National Minority Rights

Individuals from minority groups continue to be denied full human rights.

Audio Some OSCE States Curtail Religious Freedom

Some governments in Europe and Eurasia place legal restrictions on how people worship.