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

Human Rights

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi shake hands during a news conference at her home in Yangon, Myanmar, Nov. 14, 2014.

U.S. Committed to Helping Burma Transition to Democracy

“In the past two years, important changes have been made. ... At the same time, it’s clear how much hard work remains to be done, and that many difficult choices still lie ahead.” More

A tombstone on the grave of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky who died in jail, at a cemetery in Moscow. (FILE)

Magnitsky Deserves Justice

This month marks the 5th anniversary of the death of Russian lawyer Sergey Magnitskiy in one of Russia's harshest pre-trial detention centers, where he was repeatedly denied medical care and tortured. More

Pro-Russian rebel military vehicles convoy move towards Donetsk , Eastern Ukraine, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. On Saturday, Associated Press reporters saw scores of military vehicles moving near Donetsk and farther to the east. Many of the unmarked vehicles we

Audio Russia Continues to Violate Ukraine's Sovereignty

Russia continues to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, despite the commitments it made in the Minsk protocols in September. More

Louay Hussein

Audio Prominent Syrian Dissident Detained

The United States is deeply concerned by the reported arrest by Syrian authorities of prominent Syrian dissident Louay Hussein. More

Vietnamese women gather to sell vegetables at a street market.

Audio Kerry on Women and the Economy

A large and growing body of evidence leaves little doubt that when women participate in the formal marketplace, the economic strength and competitiveness of the entire country rise. More

More Human Rights Editorials

Audio End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

"On this day and every day we affirm that ending impunity is both a moral imperative and a practical necessity in creating free, open, and stable societies around the world."

Audio Sanctioning Countries That Use Child Soldiers: A Delicate Balance

These countries then face legal restrictions on access to certain types of U.S. military assistance and training.

Audio Russia's Political Theater in Eastern Ukraine

On November 2nd, Russia-backed separatists in the separatist-controlled portions of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions organized and carried out illegitimate “elections.”

Audio U.S. Condemns Executions in Anbar

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, militants have killed hundreds of members of an Iraqi tribe in western Anbar province.

Audio Execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari Condemned

Despite an international campaign by human rights monitors, governments, and individuals around the world, the Iranian regime has executed a young woman who claimed she stabbed a man who was attempting to sexually assault her.

Audio OSCE States Must Respect Freedom of Expression

A fundamental commitment by the participating states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, or OSCE, is to guarantee freedom of expression.

Audio Syrian People Victimized by ISIL and Assad

The Syrian people are caught in a web of violence being spun by the monstrous terrorist organization ISIL on the one hand, and the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad on the other.

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.”

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.

Audio National Minority Rights

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

Audio Some OSCE States Curtail Religious Freedom

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

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.

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."