High fence with barbed wire and large Chinese posters (© Anna Fifield/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

China’s leaders expand use of forced labor

China's rulers are expanding use of forced labor in Xinjiang, posing risks to global supply chains, the U.S. Department of Labor says.
Poster with three photographs of Robert Levinson (© Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Images)

U.S. sanctions Iranian regime officials involved in kidnapping

The U.S. imposed sanctions on Iranian intelligence officials for the kidnapping and years-long detention of American hostage Robert Levinson.
Woman wearing mask and gloves sitting among a group of people outside (© Ariana Cubillos/AP Images)

Maduro’s sham election: ‘Those who don’t vote, won’t eat’

The Maduro regime played fast and loose with the safety of millions of Venezuelans on December 6 while threatening to cut off their benefits.
Grilled meat on skewers with ethnic symbols on handles (© Deb Lindsey/Washington Post/Getty Images)

Uyghur restaurateurs serve culinary diplomacy

Whether it's overt or subtle, two U.S. Uyghur restaurant owners in the U.S. use their eateries to explain how China mistreats their people. Learn more here.
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Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela strike out against free speech

The authoritarian regimes in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela are cracking down on their citizens' freedoms of speech and of the press.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt at lectern with many microphones as two men sit behind him (© AP Images)

Promoting human rights is essential to U.S. policy

Almost 80 years after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's famous Four Freedoms speech, the United States continues to champion human rights abroad.
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Rights groups call for independent investigation of Iran’s atrocities

Human rights groups are calling for an independent inquiry into violence against Iranian protesters. Read more about calls for transparency in Iran.
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The truth behind China’s forced confessions

The Chinese Communist Party coerces confessions from critics and human rights activists and then publicizes the confessions for propaganda.
George H.W. Bush signing document as others look on, with two in wheelchairs (© Barry Thumma/AP Images)

Equality for Americans with disabilities: A timeline

Learn about some landmark events that led to the Americans with Disabilities Act, which protects from discrimination in all areas of life.