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Human Rights

Russian marines cross a road in the Crimean port of Sevastopol, Sept. 17, 2014.

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. More

Black columns of smoke rise from heavy shelling in the Jobar neighborhood, east of Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. Syria reached an agreement with the United Nations on Sunday to allow a U.N. team of experts to visit the site of alleged chemical w

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." More

President Barack Obama delivers a speech on U.S. strategy against ISIL.

Audio A Campaign to Eradicate ISIL

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

FILE - An Indonesian protester shouts slogans as she holds a poster of Munir Said Thalib during a demonstration outside the National Intelligence Agency (BIN) office in Jakarta.

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. More

FILE - Iranian-American Amir Mirza Hekmati speaks during a recorded interview in an undisclosed location.

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. More


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Audio NGOs Look Beyond Millennium Development Goals

Representatives from 117 countries meet at 65th NGO Conference, to discuss post-2015, post-MDG development agenda.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Audio Syria's Chemical Weapons Neutralized

The United States has finished neutralizing the Syrian regime's declared chemical weapons aboard a vessel call the Cape Ray.
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Audio More Russian Protesters Sentenced

The United States is deeply concerned over the sentences handed down to four more Russian protesters who participated in the Bolotnaya Square demonstrations in Moscow in May 2012.
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Audio Murder of U.S. Journalist by ISIL

The United States is appalled by the brutal murder of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
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Audio Severe Violations of Religious Liberty in Iran

Nearly all non-Shia religious groups in Iran are subject to persecution -- from government-sanctioned discrimination in employment, education and housing, to arrest, imprisonment, and torture.
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Audio Power at the Young African Leaders Initiative

“Democracy means government that respects the will and the rights of its people."
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Audio Two Sentenced for Role in Cambodia's Killing Fields

On August 6, both were sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity, murder, political persecution and other inhumane acts.
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Audio U.S. Efforts to Eradicate FGM

The United States is committed to eradicating the harmful practice known as Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, or FGM/C.
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Audio Religious Freedom Still Lags in Vietnam

U.S. State Department's most recent findings on religious freedom in Vietnam produced mixed results.
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Audio Religious Intolerance Continues in Eritrea

Released prisoners reported harsh detention and life-threatening conditions, including solitary confinement. Three persons detained for religious objections to military service reportedly died in custody during 2013.
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