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U.S. and U.N. stand for universal human rights [video]

On December 10, 1948, the U.N. ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document inspired by U.S. principles of democracy.
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China’s pattern of human rights abuse continues

The Chinese Communist Party continues its campaign of human rights abuse with the detention of journalists and civil rights advocates.
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Why September 12 matters so much

Countries around the world showed kindness to the United States after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.
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Americans are free to live where they choose

Moving is a pain, but in America, at least you don't have to check in with the federal government about the move, as you would in China. Learn more.
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Iran’s regime continues persecution of human rights defenders

Iran's regime continues to arrest human rights lawyers for defending basic freedoms. Find out how the regime targets those who would oppose its repression.
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How anyone can request government records

In the United States, anyone can use the Freedom of Information Act to find out what the government is doing and how it's doing it.
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Freedom of speech and power of the arts [video]

The United States government respects the right of writers and artists to express themselves freely. Learn more about freedom of speech in America.
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America’s free press offers diverse views on protests

A free press allows for a respectful exchange of opinions. Find out what America's newspapers have written about recent protests.
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President Trump orders police reforms

President Trump has ordered numerous police reforms after the death of George Floyd. See which cities are also taking steps to limit excessive force.