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

Human Rights

Oleg Sentsov (left) and Oleksandr Kolchenko behind glass in the courtroom.

Audio A Travesty of Justice

On August 25th, a Russian military court found Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov and Ukrainian activist Oleksandr Kolchenko guilty of politically-motivated, fabricated charges, and sentenced Mr. Sentsov to 20 years and Kolchenko to 10 years in prison. More

A former opposition presidential candidate Mikola Statkevich (C) meets with supporters at a bus station following his release from a prison, Minsk, Belarus, Aug. 22, 2015.

Audio Prisoners of Conscience Released in Belarus

In late August, Belarussian President Aleksandr Lukashenka ordered the release of six political prisoners, many of whom were imprisoned for protests against the government. More

FILE - One of  Syria's most prominent antiquities scholars, Khaled al-Asaad, speaks in Syria.

Audio Murder of Khaled al-Asaad

“The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms this murder…of a man who dedicated his life to preserving Syria’s cultural treasures." More

FILE - Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic appears in the courtroom for his appeals judgement at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia at The Hague.

Audio No Impunity for International Crimes

“From sexual violence in eastern Congo to the brutal torture in the Assad regime’s prisons in Syria, we will continue to seek accountability for the world’s worst crimes." More

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza is sworn in for a third term at a ceremony in the parliament in Bujumbura, Burundi, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015.

Audio Inauguration Won't End Burundi Political Crisis

An inclusive and comprehensive political dialogue is the only credible route to reestablish stability. More

More Human Rights Editorials

Audio Time Running Out for South Sudan Peace Deal

After another delay, South Sudan President Salva Kiir appears ready to finally sign the peace agreement negotiated with the help of regional leaders in Addis Ababa.

Audio China Cracks Down on Human Rights Defenders

“Rule of law means that when there is a conflict between the primacy of the law and the preferences of the state, the law take precedence. In China, the opposite appears increasingly to be the case.”

Audio Supporting Education for Africa's Girls

Let Girls Learn Initiative aims to address some of the many challenges preventing adolescent girls from attending and completing school.

Audio Staying the Course on the Mali Peace Accord

Armed militants in Mali have stepped up attacks against the United Nations peacekeeping mission and Malian security forces, continuing a deadly campaign aimed at destabilizing the West African nation.

Audio Malinowski at Community of Democracies

“Democracy faces greater challenges today than at any point in recent memory.”

Audio Rohingya Deserve Consideration and Respect

The United States is gravely concerned about the plight of the Rohingya population in Southeast Asia.

Audio Promoting the Internet in Latin America

The United States values the partnerships it has co-built across the Americas to support and strengthen the modern global information and communication ecosystem.

Audio Respecting Human Rights in Vietnam's Interest

"The freedom to speak, freedom to worship, to travel, to acquire knowledge and information," said Secretary Kerry, "these are essentials."

Audio Another Horrific Murder of Blogger in Bangladesh

On August 7 Niladry Chattopadhyay was hacked to death at his home by assailants using machetes and cleavers.

Audio Closer to Accountability for Chemical Weapons

U.N. Security Council adopts resolution establishing joint investigation mechanism regarding the use of chemicals as weapons in Syria.

Audio Violence Escalating in Burundi Impacting Human Rights

The United States calls on all parties, particularly the Government of Burundi, to renounce violence and the use of force to achieve their goals and to work toward restoring calm in the interest of all Burundian citizens.

Audio Expanding Internet Access in Indonesia

The U.S. is determined to work with Indonesia to expand broadband infrastructure and create an economic environment that enables affordable Internet connections.

Audio Daesh's Reign of Terror Against Women and Girls

“The foreign fighters are very brutal with women, even the ones they marry. There were cases where the wife had to be taken to the emergency ward because of the violence, the sexual violence."

Audio A Stark Choice Concerning Iran Nuclear Deal

In September, the U.S. Congress will vote on whether or not to disapprove the comprehensive nuclear accord agreed to last month by the P5+1 countries and Iran.

Audio Eliminating Human Trafficking From the Supply Chain

Efforts to combat human trafficking around the world have advanced steadily over the past 15 years.

Audio New Sanctions Targeting Hezbollah

The United States Treasury Department has imposed sanctions on three Hezbollah military leaders and a businessman with close ties to Hezbollah leadership.

Audio Use of Children as Soldiers a Serious Problem

Children are often abducted, or at times sold, to be used as combatants.

Audio Obama on Democracy in Africa

“Africans like people everywhere,” said President Barack Obama in a speech at the African Union headquarters in Ethiopia, “deserve the dignity of being in control of their own lives.”

Audio Honoring TIP Heroes

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry honored eight TIP Report Heroes from around the world.

Audio Gambian Prisoner Release a Welcome Move

The United States notes President Jammeh’s decision to pardon and release at least 200 prisoners.