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Human Rights

A tombstone on the grave of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

Accountability Needed in Magnitsky Case

In honor of Sergey Magnitsky, the United States will continue to fully support the efforts of those who seek to bring individuals responsible for this and other human rights abuses to justice. More

Haitian Journalists with Creole Service Chief Ronald Cesar, Latin America Division Director Yolanda Lopez, and Deputy IBB Director Jeffrey Trimble.

Audio VOA Creole - 30 Years of Outstanding Journalism

On February 7, 2016, the Voice of America Creole Service celebrates its 30th anniversary. More

FILE - A protester is seen holding a placard at a rally in support of press freedom near the headquarters of a media company in Istanbul, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015.

Audio Freedom of the Press Must Be Protected

In a recent speech on press freedom, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry noted that last year 71 media workers were killed while on duty and almost 200 were thrown into jail. More

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong after their meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Vientiane, Laos, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016.

Audio Kerry on Laos

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s January 24 and 25 visit to Vientiane emphasized the deepening ties between the United States and Laos. More

Salah Sabdow Farah was shot when the bus he was traveling in was attacked by al-Shabab militants in December 2015. He is recovering at Nairobi's Kenyatta National Hospital in January 2016.(J. Craig/VOA)

Audio Death of a Hero in Kenya

Salah Farah, a Muslim teacher in Kenya who defied the sectarian divisions sought by extremists, died recently in a hospital in Nairobi. Mr. Farah was shot in December when the bus he and others were riding on in northeastern Kenya was attacked by al-Shabaab terrorists. More

More Human Rights Editorials

Audio Boko Haram Strikes Again in Nigeria

Boko Haram militants set fire to as many as 300 homes in the village, burning alive some people who were inside, including children.

Audio Religious Freedom Under Threat

There is a rising tide of religious persecution emerging worldwide and it disproportionately threatens religious minority groups.

Audio A Global Backsliding of Freedom

Freedoms are currently in decline, according to the recent World Freedom Report issued by Freedom House, an international organization that advocates for democracy and human rights.

Audio Kerry in Cambodia

The U.S. cares deeply about respect for human rights, universal freedoms, and good governance.

Audio No Honor in Murdering Students

The United States condemns the appalling attack at Bacha Khan University.

Audio Coerced Televised Chinese Confessions

The United States is concerned about the growing number of people in China recently who appear to have been coerced to confess to alleged crimes on state media.

Audio Assessing U.S. - Uzbekistan Relations

Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal welcomed an Uzbek government delegation to Washington.

Audio Blinken in Burma

Election results “validate the sacrifices made by many brave Burmese in the years when even dreaming of this day was dangerous.”

Audio Human Rights Abuses in Burundi

The United States is deeply alarmed by reports, including those from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, of serious human rights violations and abuses in Burundi.

Audio Wins for Tough, Patient Diplomacy

Over the past several days, the decision to follow the course of patient, tough diplomacy with Iran bore fruit.

Audio Martin Luther King Day 2016

On the third Monday of each January, Americans honor the memory of a Baptist minister from the southern state of Alabama, was a leader in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.

Audio Local Communities Key to Fighting Terrorism

Real progress against terrorism requires not only eliminating terrorists, but also disrupting the process by which people become terrorists. Only a broader and more holistic approach can ensure that new recruits don't join the ISIL battlefield.

Audio Haiti's Second Round of Elections Set

The United States welcomes the announcement of the Haitian Presidential Decree calling on the people of Haiti to participate in the second round of the presidential election and remaining legislative elections on January 24.

Audio Fighting Trafficking - A Criminal Enterprise

Trafficking in persons, or modern slavery, is a global, multi-billion dollar criminal enterprise.

Audio Christians Persecuted in Iran

It is welcome news that Iranian officials have released Christian Pastor Farshid Fathi. Unfortunately, his release does not appear to be the sign of a let-up of the persecution of Christians in Iran.

A Step Closer to Political Resolution in Syria

On December 18th, the United Nations unanimously approved Resolution 2254, which is to serve as a roadmap toward peace in Syria.

Sanctioning CAR Militia Commanders

U.S. Treasury Department action “targets two individuals who threaten the stability of the Central African Republic’s Transitional Government and undermine free and fair elections.

Promoting Democracy in Belarus

The United States and Belarus recently convened the second Working Group for Democracy and Human Rights.

Taking on Human Trafficking in Conflict

In many conflicts worldwide, human trafficking or modern slavery is often among the most tragic consequences.

Audio Arrest of Vietnam Human Rights Advocate

Vietnamese human rights lawyer and blogger Nguyen Van Dai was arrested on December 16 by Vietnamese authorities.