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Human Rights

A Christian family, who fled from the violence in Mosul two days ago, stays at a school in Arbil, in Iraq's Kurdistan region, June 27, 2014.

Religious Persecution By ISIL

ISIL is implementing a brutal interpretation of Islamic law in an effort to forcibly impose their particular interpretation of the Koran and Sharia on people living within their sphere of influence. More

Nataliya Estemirova

Audio Fifth Anniversary of Estemirova Murder

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the murder of human rights activist Nataliya Estemirova. More

Zone 9 bloggers and journalists being escorted to court.

Audio Ethiopian Bloggers Should Be Released

The U.S. reiterates its call on Ethiopia to refrain from using anti-terrorism laws as a mechanism to curb the free exchange of ideas. More

Defying the turmoil roiling their nation Libyans vote in parliament elections in Benghazi, Libya, Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

Audio From Idealism To Instability In Libya

The United States is deeply concerned about the rapid escalation of violence in Libya that could lead to widespread conflict there. More

Audio Freedom Of Expression Matters

Freedom of expression, and a state's obligation or commitment to ensure this right, applies online as well as offline. More

More Human Rights Editorials

Audio Sri Lanka Must Lift NGO Restrictions

The United States is concerned by reports that the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defense has ordered registered non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, and civil society groups to cease their media engagements and activities.

Audio Prioritizing Gender Equality

The United States has worked with partners all over the world to increase women’s participation in civil society and in local and national governments.

Audio Successes at the UN Human Rights Council

There were many notable outcomes at the recently concluded 26th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council or UNHRC in Geneva, Switzerland.

Audio Educating Girls for the Benefit of All

Every year of schooling can increase a girl’s future earning potential by 10 to 20 percent. She will share 90 percent of her earnings with her family and her community.

Audio Unfulfilled Promise Of South Sudan Independence

With the memories of July 9, 2011 fresh in mind, now is the time to honor fully the Cessation of Hostilities agreement of January 23 to end the violence, especially which targets civilians.

Audio Chinese Imprison Christian Pastor

Chinese Christian pastor Zhang Shaojie was convicted July 4th and sentenced to 12 years in prison in retaliation for his peaceful advocacy on behalf of his church community.

Audio More Aid For The Moderate Syrian Opposition

President Barack Obama has requested an additional $500 million from Congress to train and equip “appropriately vetted elements” of the moderate Syrian opposition.

Audio Libyan Human Rights Activist Assassinated

Prominent Libyan human rights activist and political thinker Salwa Bugaighis, was gunned down in her home town of Benghazi on June 26th.

Audio Thailand: A Democracy At Risk

The United States has called for the restoration of civilian rule, a return to democracy, and full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Audio Trafficking In Persons Report Overview 2014

In the words of Secretary of State John Kerry, “We find perhaps no greater threat to human dignity, no greater assault on basic freedom, than the evil of human trafficking.”

Audio Ending Sexual Violence In Conflict

“We need a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual violence against women and men," said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. And we need to guarantee, country for country, that we can bring the perpetrators to justice.

Audio Policy and Programs On Global Women's Issues

Women are critical to every issue we face, including security, health, governance, and the economy.

Audio Stemming The Flood Of Illegal Immigrants

The United States is concerned by the growing numbers of vulnerable children traveling from Central America through Mexico to reach our country.

Audio Release Syrian Human Rights Defender

Vital Voices, a U.S.-based international non-governmental organization, recently awarded its Global Trailblazer Award to Syrian human rights defender Razan Zaitouneh.

Audio Arbitrary Detentions Continue In Cuba

The government of Cuba appears to be intent on keeping up pressure on political activists in the island nation, as seen in a recent wave of arbitrary detentions aimed at repressing free speech and dissent.

Audio Helping Protect Cyberspace in Sub-Saharan Africa

Because of our shared security and other interests, the United States this month conducted a workshop attended by representatives from 16 African nations to discuss cybersecurity and share information on protecting it.

Audio NED Honors Chinese Rights Activists

The National Endowment for Democracy, the U.S. Congress funded non-profit organization, recently honored imprisoned Chinese rights activists Liu Xiaobo and Xu Zhiyong with the Democracy Award 2014.

Audio Arbitrary Arrests Threaten Legal Rights In Rwanda

Some individuals were held for over a month without charge and were unable to communicate with lawyers or their families.

Audio The Fate Of A Chinese Blogger

U.S. concerned on reports that Zhang Jialong has been fired from his job.

Audio The Legacy Of Tianamen Square

"Many who stood on the square that day, asking only for the freedom to speak their minds and to have a say, are still harassed and others are unaccounted for.”