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

Human Rights

Labor Day Parade In Buffalo, New York. (file photo)

Audio Labor Day 2014

On the first Monday of September every year, America pauses to honor its workers and the contributions they make to our nation’s strength and prosperity. More

FILE - Civilians who fled recent fighting stack their belongings up outside the gate of the United Nations Mission compound in South Sudan (UNMISS).

Audio Ceasefire Violations Continue In South Sudan

Rebels fighting the South Sudanese government seized a helicopter of a regional ceasefire monitoring team and briefly detained its members. More

Iraqis assess the damage from an attack on a mosque in Hilla about 95 kilometers (60 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.

Audio Deadly Attacks Underscore Need For Inclusive Government in Iraq

One of the goals behind the recent spate of deadly attacks against Iraqi civilians is to prevent the formation of a new, inclusive government. This tactic must not be allowed to succeed. More

U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) workers prepare aid parcels at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, south of Damascus in this picture made available on February 26, 2014. World powers have passed a landmark Security Council resolution demanding a

Attacks on Humanitarians Represent Deficit of Humanity

Last year, 155 humanitarian aid workers were killed, 171 injured, and 134 kidnapped, a 66 percent increase from the previous year. More

The United Nations headquarters building in Vienna.

Audio On Conflict Prevention

“The United Nations . . . remains the focal point for the maintenance of international peace and security. Yet, we look out at a world mired in crisis and conflict.” More

More Human Rights Editorials

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 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 Eliminating Sexual Violence In Conflict

The scourge of sexual violence in conflict has been identified by the United Nations as a matter of acute and urgent concern.

Audio Free Speech Threatened in South Sudan

Security forces in South Sudan shut down a prominent independent radio station and briefly detained its news director.

Audio Syria's Chemical Weapons Neutralized

The United States has finished neutralizing the Syrian regime's declared chemical weapons aboard a vessel call the Cape Ray.

Audio More Russian Protesters Sentenced

The United States is deeply concerned over the sentences handed down to four more Russian protesters who participated in the Bolotnaya Square demonstrations in Moscow in May 2012.

Audio 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.

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.

Audio Power at the Young African Leaders Initiative

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

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.

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.

Audio Religious Freedom Still Lags in Vietnam

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

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 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.