Bearded soldier wearing turban looking into sky standing with cleanshaven soldiers wearing military hats (© Mark Wilson/Sikh Coalition)

Strict U.S. Army rules allow for religious freedom

The U.S. Army embraces diversity by allowing soldiers to adhere to articles of faith on dress and grooming. Read more about the military's recent policy.
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U.S. launches new center to fight human trafficking

Through the newly launched Center for Countering Human Trafficking, the U.S. government will lead the global response to counter modern-day slavery.
Group of protesters holding signs, making fists, shouting (© Matias Delacroix/AP Images)

Venezuelans protest for teachers and basic services

During September and early October, hundreds of protesters took to the streets across Venezuela to demand a better quality of life.
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Guidance for U.S. tech aims to stop misuse by repressive regimes

The U.S. has issued new guidance to help companies identify and stop sales of technology that could be used to support oppressive regimes.
Sam Brownback speaking at lectern (© Andrew Harnik/AP Images)

U.S. Ambassador Sam Brownback on religious freedom

Sam Brownback, the U.S. ambassador at large for international religious freedom, discusses the importance of fighting religious oppression around the world.
Police officer standing guard in front of palace (© Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

U.S. names special coordinator to stand up for Tibetans

The State Department official will work to counter the deteriorating human rights and increasing repression of the Tibetan community.
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Iran’s regime must stop persecuting the Baháʼí [video]

The U.S. is calling on Iran's regime to end its persecution of the Baháʼí religious community, who have faced discrimination in Iran since 1979.
People struggling with each other outside of building (© Fernando Llano/AP Images)

Venezuela’s crisis threatens nearby democracies

The illegitimate Maduro regime's abetting of illegal activities, like drug and gold trafficking, destroys democracy inside and outside of Venezuela.
Patrons using sign language in bar (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Sign-language-friendly businesses take off

A growing number of deaf-friendly and signing-first businesses — which use sign language as their primary form of communication — are opening in the U.S.