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

Human Rights

Ukrainian military pilot Nadezhda Savchenko stands inside a defendants' cage as she attends a court hearing in Moscow, April 17, 2015.

Audio Russia Must Release Savchenko

The United States once again calls for Russia’s complete and immediate implementation of the Minsk agreements, including the return of Nadiya Savchenko, Oleg Sentsov, Oleksander Kolchenko and all unlawfully-detained persons. More

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Tibetan Rights and Culture Must be Respected

U.S. asks others to join in "encouraging the Chinese government to live up to its international obligations to respect Tibetans’ distinct culture, identity, and fundamental human rights.” More

Opposition leaders (from left to right) Mahmood al-Rajab, Radhi Mohsen al-Mosawi and Sheikh Ali Salman.

Audio U.S. Concerned Over Shaikh Ali Salman

​The United States is deeply concerned by the June 16 conviction and sentencing by a Bahraini court of Shaikh Ali Salman, the Secretary General of the Al-Wifaq opposition political society. More

Security officers stand at the site of a suicide bombing in Ndjamena, Chad, June 15, 2015.

Audio Preventing Violent Extremism

The growth of violent extremism over the last decade is a dangerous and destabilizing phenomenon. More

Kenya University Attack

Audio Urgent Need to Protect Religious Minorities

In many places, religious minorities including Christian, Jewish, Shia, Sunni, Yezidi, Ahmedi, and Baha'i communities face discrimination and violence. More

More Human Rights Editorials

Audio Justice For Victims of Mass Atrocities

Justice is being served through the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Audio Helping Africans Gain Access to Justice

"Access to justice doesn’t just mean access to courts, it means access to information and to government services from a government that is responsive to their needs."

Audio Deep Concern Over Saudi Blogger

Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of human rights activist and internet blogger Raif Badawi.

Audio Twenty Sixth Anniversary of Tiananmen

​It’s been 26 years since China’s violent suppression of pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

Audio Civil Society Activist Sentenced in Iran

Artist Atena Farghadani has been sentenced to twelve and a half years in prison for drawings and other content critical of the government which she posted on Facebook.

Audio A Sea Change in Sri Lanka

Since his victory, President Sirisena has implemented a number of reforms, including removing media restrictions, lifting restrictions on foreign travel to the North, and initiating corruption probes.

Audio U.S. Stands Firm for Change in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe, once a pride of Africa and its breadbasket, has fallen far in recent decades, driven down by government policies, political violence and economic decline.

Audio The Peril and Protection of Journalists

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution calling on Member States and all parties to armed conflict to protect journalists in conflict zones and elsewhere.

Audio Civilians Suffering Most in New South Sudan Fighting

Renewed fighting in South Sudan has forced thousands to flee their homes in recent days. Some 650,000 civilians reportedly are without access to aid.

Audio For Peace and Prosperity, Prioritize Women's Concerns

It is not a coincidence that countries are more stable and prosperous when women enjoy rights that are comparable to those of men, and when women participate in governance and in the formal economy.

Audio Another Bangladeshi Blogger Murdered

Yet another Bangladeshi blogger has been hacked to death, the third such murder since February.

Audio Shrinking Space for Civil Society in Russia

Implementation of new law could paralyze a variety of non-governmental organizations and threaten the freedoms of expression and association, as well as other human rights.

Audio Tunisia Shows Democracy is Possible

"Democratic institutions, while sometimes difficult in the transition…can succeed when they have courageous leadership and when they have compromise."

Audio ISIL Makes Life Hell for Women and Girls

ISIL makes life hell for women and girls throughout Iraq, said U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell.

Audio Ending the Smuggling of Migrants

There is strong linkage between poverty, security and crime.

Audio Strengthening Ties With Southeast Asia

The United States is a Pacific nation, and as such has an enormous stake in the people and the future of Southeast Asia.

Audio Burma's Parliament Passes Population Control Law

Bill contains provisions that could undermine reproductive rights, women’s rights and religious freedom.

Audio The Internet Must Be Open and Secure

The United States considers the promotion of an open and secure Internet to be a critical component of its foreign policy.

Audio Regional Response Needed for Rohingya Migrants

The United States urges all the countries of the region to work together quickly to save the lives of the migrants now at sea who are in need of an immediate rescue effort.

China Must Release Activist

This month marks the one-year anniversary of the detention of prominent Chinese defense attorney Pu Zhiqiang.