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‘No due process’ for critics of Cuban government

Each month, hundreds of Cuban activists are detained unjustly. Meet a few of the people suffering as political prisoners in Cuba.
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Helping Iranians ‘take back their basic human rights’ [video]

Senior U.S. officials spoke to Iranian Americans about the Iranian government's human rights abuses at a discussion during the U.N. General Assembly.
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What are midterm elections, and why are they important?

Although Americans won't elect a president in the 2018 midterm elections, their choices will have a big effect on the country's direction.
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Secretary Pompeo wishes Muslims of the world Eid Mubarak

The Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha honors sacrifice and charity. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wishes Muslims around the world a blessed celebration.
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Pence: U.S. stands for religious freedom ‘yesterday, today and always’

Vice President Pence affirmed the United States' deep commitment to religious freedom worldwide in his remarks to the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom.
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What does it mean for a right to be inalienable?

Some rights are given by governments, but the most important ones, inalienable rights such as religious freedom, are the rights every human is born with.
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The right for all to worship as they wish

At the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, these survivors share their stories of being persecuted for the ways they choose to worship.
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This Iranian airline spreads violence and terror

Mahan Air has transported weapons and fighters to support the Iranian government's proxy wars in the Middle East. The nuclear deal didn't change their behavior one bit.
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U.S.-Africa trade: 5 tips for success

Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, companies in sub-Saharan nations can ship duty-free to the U.S. Find out how to take advantage of this U.S. law.