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Tortured in Russia for peacefully practicing their faith

Russia has criminalized the activity of Jehovah’s Witnesses, labeling them as “extremist,” arresting and imprisoning them, and now torturing them.
Two women in stadium crowd holding sign stating 'Let Iranian Women Enter Their Stadiums' (© Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

Iranian woman dies after trying to watch a soccer game

Iran is the only country in the world that bans women from entering sports stadiums. Female fans risk arrest and prison for trying to watch a game.
Crowd of women protesters with snow falling (© Hengameh Golestan/Freer|Sackler Gallery of Art)

Iranian women’s strength on display at Smithsonian exhibit

Take a look at life in Iran through the artistic expression of Iranian female photographers in a popular exhibit at an art gallery in Washington.
Five children in a row holding books up to their faces (© Wavebreak Media Ltd./Alamy)

5 ways the U.S. supports literacy around the world

Find out how the U.S. is helping to build a literate world where everyone has an equal chance to succeed in life and work.
Soldiers holding weapons (© Jane Hahn/AP Images)

U.S. expands counterterrorism training in Senegal

The U.S. opens a training center for law enforcement officers in Senegal, a leading U.S. partner in the fight against terrorism in West Africa.
Person in headscarf standing in hallway of prison (© Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters)

‘Unbearable pain’ inside Iran’s prisons

What is it like inside Iran's notorious prisons? Widespread torture, rape and other inhumane conditions are rampant, groups say.
Pompeo and Moreno (© Ecuadorean Presidency/Handout/ Reuters)

The renewed U.S.-Ecuador relationship

Secretary Mike Pompeo says the U.S. is redoubling its efforts to strengthen ties in the Western Hemisphere, including its relationship with Ecuador.
Two men shaking hands and looking toward camera (© Salvador Melendez/AP Images)

Pompeo praises El Salvador for ‘leading the way’

Secretary Pompeo supports El Salvador's new president, Nayib Bukele, in fighting gangs and building prosperity to reduce illegal immigration.
Pompeo quote on Iran's crackdown on religious minorities, photo of woman lighting candles (© Ebrahim Norooz/AP Images)

Persecution of the faithful in Iran

The State Department shines a spotlight on the Iranian regime's deadly suppression of religious freedom among its citizens.