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

Human Rights

Combination photo shows the two winners of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Indian children's right activist Kailash Satyarthi (L) laughing at his office in New Delhi and Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai speaking at Birmingham library in Birmingham, centra

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.” More

Bangladeshi girls smile at Savar village, on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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. More

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

Audio National Minority Rights

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

Russian Orthodox church

Audio Some OSCE States Curtail Religious Freedom

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

Women’s Affairs Minister Oppah Muchinguri led the calls for action against gender-based violence. (File)

Audio Eliminating The Crime Of Gender-Based Violence

Empowerment and protection of women and girls are central to U.S. foreign policy and international security. More

More Human Rights Editorials

Audio U.S. Moves to Comply with Landmine Treaty

The United States will continue our diligent efforts to pursue solutions that would be compliant with and ultimately allow us to join the Ottawa Convention.

Audio Guinea Massacre Crimes Still Go Unpunished

Indictments, summons not respected in Conakry killings.

Audio Iran and Prisoners of Conscience

“Freedom to profess and practice one’s faith, to believe or not to believe, or to change one’s beliefs, that is a birthright of every human being.”

Audio Public Demonstrations in Hong Kong

“We believe that an open society with the highest possible degree of autonomy and governed by the rule of law is essential for Hong Kong's stability and prosperity."

Audio Probe Needed In Rwanda-Burundi Lake Deaths

Several dead bodies found floating in a lake on the border between Burundi and Rwanda remain unidentified.

Audio U.S. Concerned Over Sentencing of Chinese Professor

The United States is deeply concerned over the sentencing of Chinese ethnic Uighur professor Ilham Tohti to life in prison.

Audio Media Under Threat in OSCE

The United States is deeply concerned about the increasing acts of violence against journalists in many OSCE countries.

Audio Throughout the Middle East, a Need to Change Course

“America’s policy in the Middle East begins with our understanding that the problems now plaguing the region have tangled roots."

Audio Speaking Out for North Korea's Rights Victims

Secretary of State John Kerry denounced the human rights violations perpetrated by the government of North Korea against the North Korean people.

Audio Women Suffer Under ISIL Rule

Women and girls living in areas of Iraq and Syria that have fallen under the control of ISIL, have been deliberately targeted for brutality.

Audio U.S. Priorities at the 69th General Assembly

Many pressing global issues are being discussed, in what Acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations Dean Pittman said is a “challenging time for the United States and its partners.”

Audio Concern Over Chinese Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng

The United States is concerned over the plight of renowned Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng.

Audio Development and Improving Lives After 2015

The United States strongly supports a stand-alone goal for gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

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.

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."

Audio A Campaign to Eradicate ISIL

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

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.

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.

Audio NGOs Look Beyond Millennium Development Goals

Representatives from 117 countries meet at 65th NGO Conference, to discuss post-2015, post-MDG development agenda.

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.