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Human Rights

Norwegian Refugee Council staff provide drinking water for Iraqis from Fallujah at Amariyat Al Fallujah displacement camp. Photo: Karl Schembri/NRC

Audio Iraqi Government Must Safeguard Civilians

Rights monitors said there have been credible reports of abuse of Iraqi Sunni men and boys, including torture and execution, as they escaped from Fallujah. More

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland

Audio Nuland on U.S. - Russia Relations

Since Russia's invasion of Crimea and then eastern Ukraine, it has become clear that Russia is unwilling "to abide by international law or live by the rules of the institutions that Russia joined at the end of the Cold War," said U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland. More

A Blow to Press Freedom at the U.N.

The NGO Committee voted to deny the Committee to Protect Journalists, a prominent press freedom organization dedicated to defending the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal, consultative status at the UN. More

Indonesian Muslims wait to break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan inside Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta, June 9, 2016.

Audio Ramadan Greetings

In a written statement, Secretary of State John Kerry wished Muslims in the United States and across the globe a happy and blessed Ramadan. More

People look on as the body of Hindu monestary worker Nityaranjan Pandey, 60, is covered in a cloth in the street after he was hacked to death at Hemayatpur Upazilla in Pabna, Bangladesh, June 10, 2016.

Audio More Murders in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, attacks by violent extremists targeting intellectuals, secular writers, members of religious minority groups and activists continue at an alarming growth rate. More

More Human Rights Editorials

Audio Supporting Mexico's Justice System

Since 2008, under the Mérida Initiative, the Conference of Western Attorneys General has trained over 25,000 members of the legal and law enforcement communities in Mexico.

Audio Standing Against Religious Intolerance

Enforcement of blasphemy laws in various parts of the world violate the fundamental freedoms of expression and religion or belief.

Audio A Landmark Trial in Africa

The United States strongly commends the Senegalese Government, the Chadian Government, and the African Union for creating the Extraordinary African Chambers that allowed for a fair and balanced trial.

Audio Human Rights in Burma

Burma has made extraordinary progress in the last year, including holding successful nationwide parliamentary elections in November 2015 and the formation in March 2016 of a democratically elected, civilian-led government. However, significant problems remain.

Audio Empowering Women in Afghanistan

Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Michael McKinley recently recognized 300 women civil society leaders for their work to empower the women of Afghanistan and encouraged the continuation of their efforts.

Audio Working to Prevent Internet Fragmentation

The Internet is increasingly threatened with fragmentation: a loss of its characteristic openness, its global reach and its ability to seamlessly transfer data.

Audio Kerry in Burma

On his recent visit to Burma, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated strong U.S. support for the democratic transition underway there.

Audio The Path Forward in Syria

The International Syria Support Group announced after its recent meeting that all parties, including Russia and Iran, have agreed to strengthen the Cessation of Hostilities, to ensure humanitarian access in Syria, and to move toward a political transition.

Audio Genuine Dialogue Needed in Venezuela

The United States is concerned by deteriorating economic conditions in Venezuela along with reports of increasing violence.

Audio Human Rights in Somalia

In its recently-released report on human rights practices, the U.S. Department of State found that serious human rights abuses continued in Somalia during 2015.

Audio Renewed Cessation of Hostilities in Syria

The United States and Russia, as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group, have renewed their commitment to the implementation of cessation of hostilities in Syria.

Audio Vietnam Human Rights Day

Every year the United States marks May 11 as Vietnam Human Rights Day to highlight our nation’s support for promoting and protecting basic freedoms in that Southeast Asian nation.

Audio Human Rights in Angola

In Angola, the three most important human rights abuses during 2015 were cruel, excessive, and degrading punishment, including reported cases of torture and beatings; limits on freedoms of assembly, association, speech, and press; and official corruption and impunity.

Audio Human Rights in Democratic Republic of Congo

In The Democratic Republic of Congo during 2015, “there were numerous reports the government or its agents committed arbitrary or unlawful killings."

Audio Repression in Tibetan Area of China

At an April 18 U.S. Congressional hearing, Tibetan monk and former political prisoner Golog Jigme described the torture he reports he experienced over the course of several detentions in China from 2008-2012.

Audio World Press Freedom Day 2016 - A Troubling Trend

May 3rd is World Press Freedom Day. This day of observance was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, to raise awareness of the importance of press freedom.

Audio Another Chance for South Sudan

South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar returned to the capital Juba on Tuesday, April 26, to be sworn in as vice president in an effort to end the civil war that has killed tens of thousands of people and forced more than 2 million from their homes.

Audio Protecting Religious Minorities in Iraq

"If Daesh is successful in its genocidal and ethnic cleansing efforts," said Mr. Thames, "religious minorities could disappear from Iraq and the region’s dwindling religious diversity could fade even further."

Audio Human Rights in Iran

State Department report notes “severe restrictions on civil liberties, including the freedoms of assembly, association, speech (including via the internet), religion and press.”

Audio U.S. Condemns Rights Abuses in Crimea

The Russian Ministry of Justice has suspended the activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, an institution registered with the Ukrainian Government and operating in Ukrainian territory, putting it on the Russian Government’s list of “extremist organizations.”