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These Iranians were persecuted for their religious beliefs

The government of Iran denies its people human rights, including freedom of religion or belief, and systematically arrests and executes Christians, Baha'is, Sunni Muslims and other religious minorities for practicing their faith.
Illustration of Rauan Kenzhekhanuly (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Reviving the Kazakh language on Wikipedia

Rauan Kenzhekhanuly is on a mission to spread his native Kazakh language, and he's doing it through an unlikely medium: Wikipedia.
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Versatile Paralympian poised for another medal run

Born in Ukraine, Oksana Masters is a double-amputee who has become one of America’s most versatile Paralympians, winning medals in both the Winter and Summer Games.
North Korean defector Lee Hyeonseo (D.A. Peterson/State Dept.)

Outside North Korea, this defector found a new world

When she was 17, Lee Hyeonseo escaped into China while famine ravaged North Korea. After a decade of hiding, she now shares her story to raise awareness of other defectors.
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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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Explore the trail of the U.S. civil rights movement

A new website, civilrightstrail.com, uses 360-degree videos, historical comparison photos, interviews and interactive maps to guide visitors along important civil rights sites across the southern United States.
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America supports the people of Iran

See what American leaders are saying about recent protests in Iran.
President Donald Trump meeting with North Korean defectors (© Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

At the White House, North Korean defectors tell their stories

Some survived North Korea’s infamous labor camps, while others nearly starved. The eight escaped North Korea and met President Trump to share their stories.
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President spotlights defector’s saga as evidence of Pyongyang regime’s cruelty

President Trump put a human face to the terror that North Korea imposes on its people by saluting Ji Seong-ho, a North Korean defector.