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

Human Rights

Jason Rezaian

President Renews Commitment Concerning Detained Citizens

President Barack Obama invoked the spirit of the ancient spring festival of Nowruz to reiterate his commitment to bringing home three Americans who have been imprisoned in Iran, and one who disappeared from Iran’s Kish Island. More

Arbana Xharra, 2015 Women of Courage Award recipient, accepts her award from U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Affairs Catherine Russell.

Audio International Women of Courage Awards

The U.S. Department of State in early March recognized ten women from around the globe with the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award. More

FILE - Malaysia's opposition People's Justice Party candidate Nurul Izzah speaks during an election campaign rally in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Friday, April 26, 2013. Malaysian will head to the polls to cast their vot

Audio Continued Persecution of Opposition in Malaysia

Authorities detained overnight (and then released) opposition parliament member Nurul Izzah for alleged sedition – a move, according to rights activists, aimed at intimidating the opposition into silence. More

Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, march outside an Ukrainian military base in the village of Perevalnoye near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 9, 2014. Shots were fired in Crimea to warn off an unarmed international team of monitors and at

Audio One Year Since Russia Occupied Crimea

From beginning to end, Russia’s conduct in this process has been contrary to various treaties and international instruments. More

President Barack Obama delivers a Nowruz greeting to the people of Iran, March 19, 2015.

Audio Nowruz 2015

​The ancient spring festival of Nowruz is currently being celebrated by millions around the world, including Iranians, Kurds, Afghans, Azeris, Americans, and the peoples of Central Asia. More

More Human Rights Editorials

Audio Twenty Seven Years Since the Halabja Atrocity

Saddam Hussein murdered by poison gas of thousands of civilians in the Kurdish-Iraqi town of Halabja.

Audio Condemning Syria's Use of Chlorine as a Weapon

Chlorine gas was "systematically and repeatedly" used as a weapon in Syria.

Audio Fighting for the Rights of LGBT Persons

The United States is committed to promoting the human rights of all human beings and stands against the persecution and marginalization of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, or LGBT, persons worldwide.

Audio UNHRC - Speaking on Behalf of the Silenced

The United States supports the UNHRC for one simple reason: We believe in its mission and its possibilities.

Audio U.S. Blogger Hacked to Death in Bangladesh

Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-American blogger was killed the evening of February 26 while walking through Dhaka.

Audio International Women's Day

On March 8th, many nations around the world observe the United Nations International Women’s Day.

Audio Assad's Brutality is Daesh's Best Recruiting Tool

The Syrian Network for Human Rights estimates that the Assad regime has used barrel bombs more than 5,000 times.

Audio Venezuela Should Release Opposition Leader

The United States condemns the detention of Caracas Metropolitan Mayor Antonio Ledezma by Venezuelan security forces.

Audio Release Iranian Green Movement Leaders

U.S. joins the international community in condemning their continued detention and the harassment of their family members.

Audio New Religious Freedom Envoy

Religious freedom remains at the center of American values and is an essential component of U.S. foreign policy.

Audio Democracy Award for Ukrainian Parliamentarian

Mustafa Nayyem, Ukrainian parliamentarian and former journalist, has won the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award.

Audio Mass Abduction of Christians in Syria

The United States demands the immediate and unconditional release of the civilians taken captive and of all those held by ISIL.

Audio Aiding the Fight Against Boko Haram

We are fully committed to helping the security forces defend their national territories.

Audio More Aid Needed for Syrian Refugees

“The United States plans to substantially increase its financial commitment to the Syrian humanitarian response,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary Clements, “and we call on other governments to do the same.”

Audio Creating Lasting Impact in North Korea

The U.S. believes direct people-to-people contact, which occurs through the provision of humanitarian aid, can have a positive long term impact on advancing change in the country.

Audio Supporting the Syrian People

The Syrian people deserve justice, the ability to freely choose their government and relief from the Assad regime’s barrel bombs and other horrific abuses.

Audio A New Atrocity by ISIL

The United States condemned the “despicable and cowardly murder” of twenty-one Christian Egyptians.

Audio Action Needed to Protect Civilians in Conflict

Efforts to silence people like Salwa Bugaighis and Razan Zetouneh “are efforts to silence hope, curtail progress, impede justice, and infringe on the dignity of women.

Audio Creating Lasting Impact in North Korea

The U.S. seeks to alleviate the humanitarian problems in North Korea and to end the egregious human rights violations occurring in the country.

Audio Biden on Ukraine

In the face of Russian actions, the U.S. and its allies remain resolute.