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

Human Rights

FILE - An Ethiopian migrant shows torture wounds he received from traffickers as he waits to be repatriated at a transit center in Haradh.

Audio Migrants Most Vulnerable to Exploitation by Traffickers

According to a recent report by the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, around the world, nearly 60 million people are forcibly displaced, many living as refugees. More

human trafficking report

Audio The State of Human Trafficking in 2014

Human trafficking, or modern slavery, happens everywhere. More

Election observers sit in an empty polling station for the presidential elections in Bujumbura, Burundi, July 21, 2015.

Audio Dialogue Needed to Address Flawed Burundi Election

The balloting and electoral process have been broadly criticized as non-credible by the East African Community and international partners, including President Obama during his recent visit to Kenya. More

Security forces transport with a blanket the remains of some of the 11 victims of a double blast in the northern Cameroonian city of Maroua, July 22, 2015.

Audio Boko Haram Steps Up Attacks

The terrorist group Boko Haram has stepped up its attacks in Nigeria and Cameroon, killing hundreds of people in a string of suicide bombings. More

Marielos Sandi, left, helps care for Mora Chavaria, right, at the National Rehabilitation Center in Santa Ana, Costa Rica.

Audio Promoting Disability Rights Around the World

“Without access to an education and the opportunity for decent work these vulnerable workers are therefore more likely to be subject to exploitation and forced labor." More

More Human Rights Editorials

Audio U.S. Condemns Rights Abuses in China

Chinese authorities have recently detained, arrested, subjected to forced disappearance, held incommunicado, or questioned and released 169 lawyers, legal staff, and activists.

Audio ISIL Preys on Children

ISIL is traumatizing a whole generation of Iraqi and Syrian children by subjecting them to violence and slavery.

Audio Designation of Six South Sudanese Generals

On June 27th, the United States urged the United Nations Security Council to blacklist six rival commanders from South Sudan for threatening that country’s peace and stability.

Audio ISIL Defectors Speak

“At the beginning I thought they were fighting for Allah, but later I discovered they were far from the principles of Islam.”

Audio Development and Rule of Law

The UN is drawing up the Sustainable Development Goals program, which is meant to succeed the MDGs, and to consolidate on their gains.

Audio Human Rights Remain a Concern in Vietnam

Concerns include severe government restrictions of citizens’ political rights, limits on citizens’ civil liberties, and inadequate protection of citizens’ due process rights.

Audio Human Rights in Central Asia

Many governments in Central Asia have accelerated efforts to silence independent and opposition voices they deem threatening to the stability of their regimes.

Audio Human Rights Report for 2014

For 39 years, the Human Rights Country Reports have documented stories of abuse and rights denied.

Audio Human Rights Abuses Persist in China

According to the State Department's 2014 Human Rights Report, repression and coercion were routine.

Audio Twentieth Anniversary of Srebrenica Genocide

The marking of 20 years since the atrocities in Srebrenica should be foremost a time to pay respect to the victims and their families, as well as to all innocent victims of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Audio A Humanitarian Pause Required in Yemen

The United Nations has declared the humanitarian situation in war-torn Yemen a level three emergency – the highest designation possible.

Audio New Technologies and Human Rights

Banning websites and blocking content are misguided attempts to impose order. Instead, governments must respect fundamental freedoms and promote an open global Internet.

Audio Human Rights in Somalia Still Suffer

Civilians in Somalia continued to suffer from conflict-related abuses, including killings and the diversion or confiscation of humanitarian assistance by armed groups, primarily al-Shabaab.

Audio Nigeria Still Weak on Human Rights

As in previous years, the 2014 report on the state of human rights in Nigeria remains concerning.

Audio Despite Broader Progress, Human Rights Abuses Continue in Burma

More than 140,000 internally displaced persons remained interned in camps in Rakhine State. Authorities also enforced restrictions on the media and arrested journalists.

Audio Human Rights Problems Persist in Russia

​In Russia, the increasingly authoritarian government has continued to commit or ignore numerous human rights violations, according to the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, issued by the United States Department of State in late June.

Audio Russia Must Release Savchenko

The United States once again calls for Russia’s complete and immediate implementation of the Minsk agreements, including the return of Nadiya Savchenko, Oleg Sentsov, Oleksander Kolchenko and all unlawfully-detained persons.

Tibetan Rights and Culture Must be Respected

U.S. asks others to join in "encouraging the Chinese government to live up to its international obligations to respect Tibetans’ distinct culture, identity, and fundamental human rights.”

Audio U.S. Concerned Over Shaikh Ali Salman

​The United States is deeply concerned by the June 16 conviction and sentencing by a Bahraini court of Shaikh Ali Salman, the Secretary General of the Al-Wifaq opposition political society.

Audio Preventing Violent Extremism

The growth of violent extremism over the last decade is a dangerous and destabilizing phenomenon.