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North Korean defectors share their extraordinary stories [video]

North Korean defectors shine a light on the brutal regime of Kim Jong-un. These are their stories of escape, freedom — and finally, hope.
Police officer checking a man's papers, with soldiers standing nearby (©Thomas Peter/Reuters)

U.S. criticizes China’s repression of Uighurs

The State Department voiced concern about increased Chinese repression of Uighurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang, including detention of the relatives of U.S.-based Uighur journalists.
Boy staring out window of bus (© AP Images)

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.
U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. (© Yegor Aleyev/TASS/Getty Images)video

U.S. ambassador speaks to Russians about attack on Syria [video]

Watch the U.S. ambassador to Russia talk about the recent allied strike in Syria — a response to a chemical weapons attack that killed more than 40 people.
Girl with hands to her mouth and boy holding oxygen mask to his face (© Syrian Civil Defense/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Latest chemical attack in Syria sparks outrage

The U.S. and allies are weighing their response to a chemical attack in the town of Douma, Syria, that they believe was perpetrated by the Assad regime.
Illustration of three weapons inspectors looking through a large magnifying glass (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

These sleuths detect nuclear and chemical weapons

The world relies on skilled international inspectors with sophisticated equipment to determine whether countries are fulfilling their obligations not to build nuclear or chemical weapons.
Man standing next to a large portrait of himself (U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum)

Americans mark Holocaust Remembrance Day

Americans honor the victims of Nazism during Holocaust Remembrance Day in April through events in schools, workplaces, military bases, religious organizations and civic centers.
Boy picking up grains of corn from the street (© Fernando Llano/AP Images)

In Venezuela, Maduro regime uses hunger to get votes

In the midst of a devastating hunger crisis, the regime of Nicolás Maduro has turned government food assistance into a tool to get political support.
Tomb in Iran (© Andrii Zhezhera/Shutterstock)

Who are Sufi Muslims? And why is the Iranian government persecuting...

Muslims who practice Sufism — also known as dervishes — are often targeted by the Iranian government for arbitrary arrests and routinely harassed, along with Iran’s other religious minorities.