Freedom Of Assembly

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Condemning violence, nations call for democracy in Burma

The United States and a growing number of nations are condemning the military coup in Burma and supporting the rights of peaceful protesters.
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Rights groups call for independent investigation of Iran’s atrocities

Human rights groups are calling for an independent inquiry into violence against Iranian protesters. Read more about calls for transparency in Iran.
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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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Report: Iran’s regime answers protests with ‘torture epidemic’

Iran's regime tortured numerous protesters after nationwide demonstrations last year, according to a new report. Learn more about the regime's brutality.
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Cuba’s ‘outrageous’ bid to join the U.N. Human Rights Council

Cuba wants a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council. Find out why its government's human rights record makes it such a poor candidate.
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Americans march

Marching and protesting are integral aspects of what it means to exercise freedom of speech and what it means to stand together in unity.
John Lewis holding hands with children, leading others in march down hallway (© Carlos Gonzalez/The New York Times)

Graphic novel brings John Lewis’ story to a new generation

Learn how an unconventional memoir by the late John Lewis and his two collaborators is helping young people learn about the civil rights struggle.
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U.S. sanctions leaders of China’s Hong Kong crackdown

The U.S. has sanctioned Chinese Communist Party officials responsible for cracking down on the rights of the people of Hong Kong.
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Unalienable rights are central to who Americans are

Americans’ commitment to unalienable rights has proved a beacon of hope for those abroad pursuing their own liberties, Secretary Pompeo says.