Cultural Preservation

Chinese flag behind razor wire (© Gred Baker/AFP/Getty Images)

Beijing’s attack on Uighurs isn’t counterterrorism

The Chinese government claims its oppression of Muslims is counterterrorism. But the evidence shows that they are cracking down on religious minorities.
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In China, your faith can lead to an internment camp [video]

The Chinese government has put more than 1 million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in camps. Find out how little it takes to be detained.
Man in white garment with walking stick standing on rock formation (© Neil Thomas/ Barcroft Images/Getty Images)

In photos: Religious freedom around the world

Freedom of religion is one of the most fundamental rights. This gallery illustrates some of the ways people around the world observe their faith.
Head of a golden coffin holding a mummy (© Mahmoud Bakkar/AP Images)

U.S. sends stolen ancient gold coffin back to Egypt

U.S. authorities, working with international counterparts, followed the trail of a stolen artifact from Egypt. Learn how the treasure made its way home.
Lit oil lamps arranged in a pattern on the ground (© Shutterstock)

Americans celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali

Learn about the Festival of Lights that Hindus observe every fall. This is part of a series about religious holidays as observed by Americans.
Interior of Christian cathedral (© Steve Skjold/Alamy)

Religion and community in the United States

The many religious faiths practiced in the United States form communities around them. Congregations celebrate events and in turn enrich society.
Woman holding ram's horn as girl blows into it (© Nathan Bilow/AP Images)

A fall tradition: American Jews observe holy days

Learn about the Jewish holy days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. This is part of a series that looks at religious holidays as observed by Americans.
Hands holding documents (© Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)

China coerces Uighur women into unwanted marriages

In China's Xinjiang province, many Uighur women face an impossible choice: marry a Han Chinese man or face imprisonment in an internment camp.
Woman standing under prayer flags (© Ashwini Bhatia/AP Images)

Survivors of religious persecution tell powerful stories

Survivors of religious persecution shared their stories at the State Department's second annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington.