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Human Rights

FILE - This undated file still image from video released April 7, 2011, by GlobalPost, shows James Foley of Rochester, N.H. in Libya.

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. More

Prominent dissident Shia cleric Ayatollah Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi is in prison in Iran.

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. More

Senegalese line up to vote in central Dakar. (file)

Audio Power at the Young African Leaders Initiative

“Democracy means government that respects the will and the rights of its people." More

Cambodia Khmer Rouge Verdict

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. More

Teenaged girls attend an after-school discussion of female genital mutilation at the Sheik Nuur Primary School in Hargeisa, Somaliland on Feb. 16, 2014.

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. More

More Human Rights Editorials

Audio Religious Freedom Still Lags in Vietnam

U.S. State Department's most recent findings on religious freedom in Vietnam produced mixed results.

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.

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.

Audio Religious Tolerance Suffers in Burma

Religious differences continue to be exploited by those seeking to divide and pit Buddhist and Muslim communities against one another.

Audio U.S., E.U. Again Sanction Russia

The United States is doing everything it can to support the international investigation into the downing of flight MH17 and make sure that justice is done.

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.

Audio China Must Respect Religious Freedom

The religious freedom report shines the spotlight on governments like China that persecute religious believers.

Audio Global State of Religious Freedom in 2013

Yearly report details how, where and when the universal right to religious freedom was violated or protected in nearly 200 countries around the world.

Freedom for Mariam Ishag

The U.S. welcomes the release and departure from Sudan of Ms. Mariam Ishag, a Christian who was accused of apostasy and sentenced to death last May.

Audio Concerns Over Convictions In Swaziland

The United States is deeply concerned by the convictions of human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and magazine editor Bheki Makhubu for contempt of court in the Kingdom of Swaziland.

Audio 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.

Audio Fifth Anniversary of Estemirova Murder

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

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.

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.

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.

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.