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Using social media, Iranians fight for a better future

The Iranian regime cuts off internet access to shut down communication among the protesters. The world protests this tech censorship.
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North Korean defector describes horrors of regime

Facing the worst of North Korea's atrocities, North Korean defector Ji Hyeon-A risked everything to flee the country and share her story.
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U.S. supports the people of Iran

The United States strongly condemns the arrest of peaceful protesters in Iran. Find out what U.S. officials are saying about the protests in Iran.
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Walk in remembrance of 9/11 unites Washingtonians

Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Jews, Muslims — people of all faiths — participate in Washington's Unity Walk each September.
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Why protect offensive speech?

The U.S. Constitution's First Amendment includes the right to say unpopular things and "hate speech," and it gives that right to everybody.
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Pride 2017 in photos: The worldwide LGBTI community celebrates

Check out some events in the month-long celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) rights.
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Just the facts: The State Department’s annual human rights reports

Want to know the human rights situation in a country? The human rights reports let you investigate its free speech, dissent, minority relations and more.
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Elbert Ransom reminisces about King

Elbert Ransom has advocated for civil rights since he was 17, the age at which he met a 24-year-old Martin Luther King Jr. in Montgomery, Alabama.
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Join a live chat on race, freedom and protest

Marc Morial, CEO of the National Urban League, will conduct a live global webchat on February 22, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. EST (13:00 to 14:30 UTC).