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Voices of religious freedom: Tortured for her faith [video]

Ji Hyeon-A was detained and tortured in North Korea for her faith. Her story is a stark reminder of the persistence of religious persecution in the world.
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U.S. and Guatemala sign Asylum Cooperation Agreement

Learn more about the Asylum Cooperation Agreement between the U.S. and Guatemala and what it means for future relations between the two countries.
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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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Police work together to catch human traffickers

Learn how a State Department training program in Budapest helped law enforcement officials in Georgia stop human traffickers.
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New reports find widespread forced labor in China

Two new reports show how the Chinese Communist Party is forcing Uyghurs and other ethnic Muslims to work in factories across China.
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Help shine a light on political prisoners who aren’t #FreeToBeHome

Thousands of people are detained for what they think. Join in the #FreeToBeHome social media campaign calling for the release of all political prisoners.

Nigeria’s election: What went right?

Nigerians earlier this year elected new legislative leaders and President Muhammadu Buhari, who defeated incumbent Goodluck Jonathan by 2.5 million votes.
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U.S. launches new center to fight human trafficking

Through the newly launched Center for Countering Human Trafficking, the U.S. government will lead the global response to counter modern-day slavery.
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Just the facts: The State Department’s annual human rights reports

Want to know the human rights situation in a country? The human rights reports let you investigate its free speech, dissent, minority relations and more.