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Human Rights

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during his news conference at the Summit of the Americas.

Audio Obama at Summit of the Americas

At his first Summit of the Americas in 2009, President Barack Obama promised a new chapter of engagement in Latin America based on equal partnerships to address shared challenges. More

FILE - In this Monday, May 19, 2014 file photo, Martha Mark, the mother of kidnapped school girl Monica Mark cries as she displays her photo, in the family house, in Chibok, Nigeria.

Audio A Dangerous Education

Abduction highlighted the sad fact that in far too many places, being a school girl is dangerous business. More

Boys with their rifles sit at a ceremony of the child soldiers disarmament, demobilization and reintegration in South Sudan. Feb. 10, 2015.

Audio Children and Armed Conflicts

"We must ensure that national armed forces do not unlawfully recruit and use children,” said U.S. Alternate Representative to the United Nations for Special Political Affairs Ambassador David Pressman. More

This file photo shows a Red Crescent ambulance destroyed by what activists say was a barrel bomb in Syria.  Fifty Red Crescent volunteers have now lost their lives since the beginning of the conflict in Syria.

Audio Relief Workers Killed in Syria, Yemen, Mali

In recent weeks there have been numerous deadly attacks against Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement aid workers in Syria, Yemen, and Mali. More

Audio U.S. Concerned Over Uzbek Activist

The United States is concerned about Uzbek human rights activist Alikul Sarymsakov. More

More Human Rights Editorials

Audio End the Suffering of Yarmouk

The United States calls on all parties to lift their siege of Yarmouk and allow for the safe evacuation of civilians in compliance with international law.

Audio Ethnic, Religious Minorities Under Attack in Mideast

ISIL or DAESH is waging a deadly campaign to eradicate all ethnic and religious groups that do not share its gross distortion of Islam, or their cultural ideals.

Audio Moving Forward Together in the Americas

Discussions between leaders meeting April 10 and 11 in Panama City will be more than about issues of diplomatic import, but also of practical matters that affect the people of the hemisphere in tangible ways in their day-to-day lives.

Audio Women of Courage - Banding Together for Progress

“These honorees demonstrate to us what is possible when women stand up for their rights and freedoms."

Audio Helping the Syrian People Survive

At an international donors’ conference hosted by Kuwait, the United States pledged nearly $508 million in additional humanitarian aid to help alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people.

Audio Education Protestors Charged in Burma

The government of Burma has filed charges against 80 demonstrators arrested in the southern town of Letpadan during a protest march March 10.

Audio Women of Courage: Nadia Sharmeen

"We know if we give up, the people who are following us, they will also give up, and it cannot be a good example so we cannot let them be demoralized.”

U.S. Calls for Release of Chinese Activists

Five well-known female leaders remain in detention for protesting sexual harassment.

President Renews Commitment Concerning Detained Citizens

President Barack Obama invoked the spirit of the ancient spring festival of Nowruz to reiterate his commitment to bringing home three Americans who have been imprisoned in Iran, and one who disappeared from Iran’s Kish Island.

Audio International Women of Courage Awards

The U.S. Department of State in early March recognized ten women from around the globe with the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award.

Audio Continued Persecution of Opposition in Malaysia

Authorities detained overnight (and then released) opposition parliament member Nurul Izzah for alleged sedition – a move, according to rights activists, aimed at intimidating the opposition into silence.

Audio One Year Since Russia Occupied Crimea

From beginning to end, Russia’s conduct in this process has been contrary to various treaties and international instruments.

Audio Nowruz 2015

​The ancient spring festival of Nowruz is currently being celebrated by millions around the world, including Iranians, Kurds, Afghans, Azeris, Americans, and the peoples of Central Asia.

Audio Twenty Seven Years Since the Halabja Atrocity

Saddam Hussein murdered by poison gas of thousands of civilians in the Kurdish-Iraqi town of Halabja.

Audio Condemning Syria's Use of Chlorine as a Weapon

Chlorine gas was "systematically and repeatedly" used as a weapon in Syria.

Audio Fighting for the Rights of LGBT Persons

The United States is committed to promoting the human rights of all human beings and stands against the persecution and marginalization of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, or LGBT, persons worldwide.

Audio UNHRC - Speaking on Behalf of the Silenced

The United States supports the UNHRC for one simple reason: We believe in its mission and its possibilities.

Audio U.S. Blogger Hacked to Death in Bangladesh

Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-American blogger was killed the evening of February 26 while walking through Dhaka.

Audio International Women's Day

On March 8th, many nations around the world observe the United Nations International Women’s Day.

Audio Assad's Brutality is Daesh's Best Recruiting Tool

The Syrian Network for Human Rights estimates that the Assad regime has used barrel bombs more than 5,000 times.