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

Human Rights

File - A rose lies beside a memorial stone commemorating Holocaust victim Rosa Lesser in front of her former home, Berlin.

Audio International Holocaust Remembrance Day

It is up to us now to never again allow hatred and intolerance to drown out our humanity and respect for the lives of others. More

Dominic Ongwen, a Ugandan commander in warlord Joseph Kony's feared militia, waits for the judge to arrive as he made his first appearance at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Jan. 26, 2015.

Audio LRA Leader to Face Trial for His Crimes

The United States welcomes Dominic Ongwen’s transfer to the International Criminal Court as an important step toward justice for victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army. More

FILE - Mauritanian anti-slavery protesters march to demand the liberation of imprisoned abolitionist leader Biram Ould Abeid during a previous arrest.

Audio Slavery Protesters Convicted in Mauritania

We urge the appellate court to review both the convictions and the sentencing without delay. More

Nadiya Savchenko

Audio Ukrainian Prisoners in Russia Should be Released

“We reiterate our condemnation of Russia’s continued detention of Ukrainian hostages inside Russia, including a Ukrainian member of Parliament, Nadiya Savchenko, and film producer Oleg Sentsov.” More

Filipino workers turn bamboo poles used in pigs at a roasting pit in suburban Quezon city, Philippines on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014.

Audio Promoting Labor Rights in Peru and the Philippines

Workers in Peru and the Philippines will have enhanced protection through a partnership with the United States. More

More Human Rights Editorials

Audio Terrorists Strike in Paris

“The values that we share with the French people, a belief, a universal belief in freedom of expression, is something that can’t be silenced because of the senseless violence of the few.”

Audio Shining The Spotlight On Modern-Day Slavery

The International Labor Organization or ILO estimates that about 21 million people around the world are kept in slavery by those who shamelessly profit from exploiting men, women and children for labor and sex.

Audio United Nations Focuses on North Korea

The United Nations General Assembly recently passed a resolution condemning the regime’s “widespread and gross violations of human rights”.

Audio Fifth Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo's Conviction

“The United States remains deeply concerned that China continues to incarcerate Liu Xiaobo and hold his wife, Liu Xia, in extralegal house arrest."

Audio Condemnation of ISIL's Sexual and Physical Violence Against Women

"The scope of violations and abuses perpetrated in Iraq and Syria by the militant group ISIL is staggering, and “many of their acts may amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity."

Audio U.S. Will Accept More Syrian Refugees

The United Nations Refugee Agency calls the crisis in Syria “the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era”.

Audio Where is Sombath Somphone?

This month marks the second anniversary of the unexplained disappearance of one of Laos' most respected civil society figures.

Audio U.S. Fights Human Trafficking Abroad and at Home

The United States is fully engaged in combating what President Obama has called one of the great human rights causes of our time: modern-day slavery.

Audio Media Under Fire in Turkey

On December 14th, a crackdown swept 13 cities across Turkey, as police detained at least 27 journalists, police officers, and others, including Ekrem Dumanli, the Editor-in-Chief of Zaman, one of the Turkey’s highest circulating newspapers.

Audio Sung Kim on North Korea

“North Korea continues to have the world’s worst human rights situation.”

Audio Human Rights Day 2014

On December 10th, the global community observes International Human Rights Day, to commemorate the 1948 adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Audio Fighting the Most Pervasive Human Rights Abuse

We all must work together to fight gender-based violence around the world, and the abuse of power in all of its forms.

Audio Biden on Central America Strategy

U.S. is committed to working with Central American governments to target human smuggling networks, address the underlying factors that fuel migration, and build the governments’ capacity to receive repatriated migrants back into their communities.

Audio China's Crackdown on Free Expression Continues

The United States remains concerned by the ongoing detention and prosecution of public interest lawyers, journalists, bloggers, religious leaders, and others who challenge official Chinese policies and actions.

Audio The Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism

“As we remember Kristallnacht, let us remember our moral responsibility, both as government officials and as individuals, to speak out against all forms of hatred and intolerance.”

Audio Investment in Young People Defines Future

Reproductive health services help young people preserve their options, pursue future goals and even save their own lives.

Audio U.S. Committed to Helping Burma Transition to Democracy

“In the past two years, important changes have been made. ... At the same time, it’s clear how much hard work remains to be done, and that many difficult choices still lie ahead.”

Audio Magnitsky Deserves Justice

This month marks the 5th anniversary of the death of Russian lawyer Sergey Magnitskiy in one of Russia's harshest pre-trial detention centers, where he was repeatedly denied medical care and tortured.

Audio Russia Continues to Violate Ukraine's Sovereignty

Russia continues to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, despite the commitments it made in the Minsk protocols in September.

Audio Prominent Syrian Dissident Detained

The United States is deeply concerned by the reported arrest by Syrian authorities of prominent Syrian dissident Louay Hussein.