Freedom Of Expression

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U.S tightens sanctions on Nicaragua in runup to anniversary of protests

The United States is continuing to exert economic and diplomatic pressure on the repressive and corrupt regime of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.
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China’s surveillance state: An open-air prison in Xinjiang

Life for Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang is like living in an open-air prison, with cameras everywhere, police on every corner and no privacy.
Illustration of a Chinese dragon snaking its way through a university building (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Do Confucius Institutes threaten academic freedom?

Academics and policymakers say the Chinese Communist Party exports censorship to universities in other countries through its cultural centers.
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Who is sentenced to lashings in Iran and why

Iran's Islamic Republic hands out "lashing" sentences based on its penal code. Learn who is punished in this cruel and barbaric manner and why.
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Pompeo meets with Uighurs

Uighurs who survived China’s detention camps or lost family members to the camps shared their stories with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
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Iranian regime persecutes love and happiness

Even the little joys of life are spoiled by Iranian officials. Learn how a marriage proposal and "happy" music earned only wrath from the hardliners.
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Iran continues its crackdown on environmentalists

Land and wildlife conservationists are frequent targets of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and are tried in secretive revolutionary courts.
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U.S. Human Rights Report: ‘Powerful’ catalyst for change

The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices are the State Department’s most-read publication. More than 1 million readers access it every year.
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American journalist’s ‘crime’ was writing about everyday life in Iran

Iran imprisoned Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian for 18 months on spying charges. His memoir tells the story of a terrifying ordeal.