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Pompeo: ‘Human Rights Council is a poor defender of human rights’

The United States' departure from the United Nations Human Rights Council follows a year of failure by the council to make the needed reforms.
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Iran draws international condemnation for execution of Sufi

Iranian authorities hanged Mohammad Salas after forcing his confession under torture and without granting him a fair trial, in violation of Iran’s international human rights obligations.
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An inspiration for women fighting for their rights

Women who fought for the vote in the U.S. faced stiff opposition. The way they prevailed serves as an example for women around the world fighting for their rights.
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U.S. applauds Canadian lawmakers’ rebuke of Iran over terrorism  

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urges nations to follow the example of Canadian lawmakers who strongly condemned Iran for sponsoring terrorism worldwide.
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Banning Barbie and Bart?

Freedom of expression is a fundamental U.S. right, but in some countries, governments take the extraordinary measure of blocking what their citizens can see and hear.
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The right to religious freedom [video]

Religious freedom is a universal human right and a founding principle of the United States.
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U.S., Latin America join forces to counter gangs

Juvenile justice officials from six countries share their evolving approaches to preventing youth from joining gangs in their countries at a U.S.-hosted conference.
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Some protesters get creative

See how Iranians and other activists in the world challenge their governments' illegal actions using civil, nonviolent methods.
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Human rights award winner languishes in Iranian prison

Narges Mohammadi voiced her opinion about Iran's death penalty and began a peaceful campaign to end the regime's public executions. She was jailed for expressing her views.