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Opposition supporters clash with Venezuelan National Guards during a rally to demand a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, May 18, 2016.

Audio Genuine Dialogue Needed in Venezuela

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

University students join a demonstration condemning the gunmen attack at the Garissa University campus, in the Kenyan coastal port city of Mombasa, April 8, 2015.

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. More

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) gestures next to U.N. Special Envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura during a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland, May 2, 2016.

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. More

FILE - Nguyen Van Dai, right, testifies in this May 2013 file photo, originally taken from TV footage. The human rights lawyer was arrested in December 2015 on anti-state "propaganda" charges.

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. More

Angolan activists on trial. Nov 16, 2015.

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. More

More Human Rights Editorials

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.”

Audio Disturbing Trend for Human Rights in China

In China, “Repression and coercion markedly increased during the year against organizations and individuals involved in civil and political rights advocacy and public interest and ethnic minority issues."

Audio Remembering Operation Anfal

This month marks the observance of the 28th anniversary of the beginning of Operation Anfal, then-Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s murderous campaign against the populations in northern Iraq. The al-Anfal campaign, began in 1986 and ended in 1989.

Audio Human Rights Remain Abysmal in North Korea

The human rights situation in North Korea remains abysmal, according the 2015 State Department Human Rights Report.

Audio Human Rights Report 2015

The 2015 Country Reports On Human Rights Practices, issued by the State Department in mid-April, saw the continuation of a disturbing trend—that of tightening of restrictions on civil society and private citizens, particularly journalists and voices of the opposition.

Audio International Women of Courage Awards 2016

10 years, 60 countries, nearly 100 women. That was the milestone the U.S. Department of State marked with the 2016 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award.

Audio The Missing 14th Woman of Courage

Although she was not allowed to travel to the United States to receive her award, Secretary of State Kerry praised Ni Yulan in absentia.

Countering Violent Extremism in Bangladesh

"These barbaric acts are not just attacks on the Bangladeshi people, but also their long tradition of open debate, religious tolerance, and moderation.”

Audio U.S. Condemns Terrorist Attack in Lahore

More than 70 people were killed and more than 300 hundred injured in a suicide bombing in a crowded park in Lahore, Pakistan on Easter Sunday.

Audio U.S. Concern for Human Rights

"The fight for greater freedom, greater respect, greater dignity is a unifying narrative of our humanity in all its diversity."

Audio Creating a Better Future for Girls

Education improves the lives of both boys and girls and promotes development. But too often, girls are denied the opportunity to learn, and in many countries, they are still subject to practices that harm them.

Audio Genocide in the Middle East

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has announced his judgment that Daesh is responsible for genocide.

Audio Promoting Religious Freedom in South Asia

Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom David Saperstein said that while there have been positive developments from both governments and civil society in South Asia, serious challenges remain.

Audio Combatting Global Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism, said President Barack Obama, is "a distillation, an expression of an evil that runs through so much of human history, and if we do not answer that, we do not answer any other form of evil."