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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.
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The life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to the nonviolent struggle for racial equality in the United States. His legacy still inspires millions.
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Martin Luther King Jr.: Global beacon for human rights

Martin Luther King Jr.'s impact on history has been felt well beyond the United States. Learn why the civil rights leader is honored around the world.
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Why protect offensive speech?

The U.S. Constitution's First Amendment includes the right to say unpopular things and "hate speech," and it gives that right to everybody.
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Verified human rights data is at your fingertips

With the online Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, you can conduct your own investigation into issues and countries of your choice.
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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.
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What does it mean to be free from want or fear?

Before the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt declared four universal freedoms. Are they relevant today?
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Imprisoned for what they believe [video]

Political prisoners who are unjustly detained have lost their freedoms and been removed from their loved ones' lives too. Sometimes for years.
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How human rights diplomacy turns into real change

“Human rights” can sound like an abstraction, but the work governments do to protect human rights can make the difference between life and death.