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

Human Rights

U.S. President Barack Obama smiles as he takes questions from the floor at the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) town hall meeting at Taylor's University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Nov. 20, 2015.

Audio Promoting Democracy in Southeast Asia

In Southeast Asia, the United States believes that accountable governments, the rule of law, and respect for human rights provide the foundation for long-term political stability and sustainable development. More

FILE - Six U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcons from Aviano Air Base, Italy, arrive at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, to take part in anti-Islamic State missions.

Audio Strategy to Destroy ISIL

​In the wake of the barbarous terrorist attacks by ISIL on Paris, Mali, Nigeria and elsewhere, the resolve of the United States and its allies to defeat ISIL has intensified. More

Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed

Audio United Nations Committee Concerned Over Iran Human Rights

The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly, which deals with social, humanitarian and cultural issues, has adopted a resolution expressing serious concern over human rights violations in Iran. More

Gender based violence clinic

Audio Intensifying Fight Against Gender Based Violence

Globally, over one third of women and girls experience some form of physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. More

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. The president and prime minister sought to mend their fractured relationship during their meeting, the first time they have talked face to face in more than a year. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Audio Zionism is Not Racism Anniversary

"We are resolved to tell the world that we will condemn anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, no matter how their proponents attempt to cloak it in some false mantle of respectability." More

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Audio Kerry in Paris

“This is not a clash of civilizations. These terrorists have declared war against all civilization."

Audio Kerry in Tunisia

In Tunisia, where the Arab Spring was born, democratic progress continues. On a recent visit there, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, "the eyes of the world are on Tunisia, and America wants Tunisia to succeed."

Audio Kenya Suspends Cancellation of NGO registrations

Ambassadors issue joint statement underscoring strong and ongoing support for a vibrant, free, and independent civil society in Kenya.

Audio Supporting Community Development in Ethiopia

U.S. pledges support for five projects initiated by different Ethiopian organizations to work on disability and development issues.

Audio Parliamentary Elections in Azerbaijan

“It is impossible for us to say that Azerbaijan has made progress on. . . previous election observation recommendations, which identified and sought to address limitations to fundamental freedoms.”

Audio Need for Dialogue in Burundi

The United Nations Security Council is supporting an African Union, or AU, decision to investigate human rights abuses in Burundi.

Audio Diplomatic Efforts Over Syria Intensify

International efforts to stop the carnage in Syria are intensifying.

Audio In Burma, Gearing Up for Crucial Election

So far, the Government of Burma has made a strong effort to improve the administration and transparency of the electoral process. To reinforce this effort, the United States is providing more than $18 million in assistance to conduct the elections.

Audio Extremists Targeting Minority Religions

Some of the worst persecutors of religious minorities are violent extremists and terrorist organizations.

Audio North Korea Devoid of Religious Freedom

According to the newly released International Religious Freedom Report, North Korea remains a country of particular concern for its severe abuses of religious freedom.

Audio Seeking an End to Syria's Devastation

Secretary of State Kerry has arrived in Vienna for a series of bilateral and multi-lateral discussions about Syria on October 29th and 30th.

Audio Taking on Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies

As a commitment to the Call to Action, the United States announced its Safe from the Start Program, an initiative that aims to address and reduce the incidence of gender-based violence in emergencies.

Audio Daesh Profits Off Backs of the Oppressed

Undercutting DAESH’s financial strength remains a key element of the United States’ strategy to ultimately degrade and defeat ISIL.

Audio Another Venezuelan Opposition Leader Jailed

The United States remains concerned about the arrest of Venezuelan opposition leader Manuel Rosales.

Audio Russia and Violations of Religious Freedom

The United States urges the Russian government to afford all citizens the right to worship as they see fit, as stated in the Russian Constitution.

Audio Religious Freedom Report 2014 Overview

In its annual Religious Freedom Report to the U.S. Congress, the Department of State noted three strong trends in 2014.

Audio Future of Human Rights Online

​The United States believes that the rights to freedom of expression and assembly are rights that all people should enjoy – online and offline.

Audio Opportunity for Peaceful Change in C.A.R.

A resurgence of sectarian violence in the Central African Republic, C.A.R., raises grave concerns for that country’s political transition and respect for the human rights of all its citizens.

Audio Syria and Commitment to International Norms

“Where order has completely broken down, we must act. But we will be stronger when we act together.”

Audio President Obama Welcomes Pope Francis

At the White House on September 23, President Barack Obama celebrated the visit to the United States of the first-ever Latin American Pontiff, Argentinian–born Pope Francis.