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Russians fight for their digital rights

Learn how Russian citizens are trying to prevent Putin's government from creating an “online Iron Curtain” that would restrict their internet.
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Meet 10 amazing young people … and be inspired

Ten young change makers from all over the world, winners of the U.S. 2018 Emerging Young Leaders Award, are spending two weeks in the United States.
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Hostages as bargaining chips: An Iranian tradition

Iran holds around a dozen dual and foreign citizens in prison on fake "national security" and "espionage" charges. It's been that way since 1979.

LGBT rights worldwide gain new advocate

More than 75 countries still criminalize consensual same-sex activity. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in many places are threatened, jailed and prosecuted...

In the U.S., employers must respect their employees’ faith

The U.S. Constitution protects the right to freely practice religion. But what happens if a person's faith conflicts with work responsibilities?
Illustration of a man with his mouth taped shut drawing a talk bubble (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Some protesters get creative

See how Iranians and other activists in the world challenge their governments' illegal actions using civil, nonviolent methods.
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The surveillance state: Uighur oppression in Xinjiang, China [video]

Uighurs and other Muslim minorities face imprisonment or state surveillance in China, which forces them to renounce their religion and culture.
Group of women gesturing with signs (© Javier Galeano/AP Images)

‘No due process’ for critics of Cuban government

Each month, hundreds of Cuban activists are detained unjustly. Meet a few of the people suffering as political prisoners in Cuba.
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Helping Iranians ‘take back their basic human rights’ [video]

Senior U.S. officials spoke to Iranian Americans about the Iranian government's human rights abuses at a discussion during the U.N. General Assembly.