Freedom Of Expression

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Love is love: How same-sex marriage became a right in the...

The U.S. Supreme Court decision ensuring a nationwide right to same-sex marriage was a major milestone on the path to equal rights for LGBTQI+ Americans.
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U.S. protects the rights of LGBTQI+ people [video]

The U.S. is committed to promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms for the LGBTQI+ community and all people. Learn more with this video.
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Burmese protesters draw inspiration from ‘The Hunger Games’

Protesters in Burma are using a salute from an American author's series, "The Hunger Games," to oppose military rule and push for democracy.
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U.S., international partners support Burma’s path to democracy [rolling updates]

The United States and partner nations support the Burmese people's calls for democracy. Learn more about efforts to deter human rights violations in Burma.
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The dire cost of Burma’s internet shutdown [infographic]

Burma's military has blocked the internet to stymie calls for democracy. Learn more about the far-reaching effects of denying the right to information.
Kamaltürk Yalqun shows his father's book in April 2019 in Philadelphia. Yalqun Rozi, who is imprisoned in the People's Republic of China, devoted his life to Uighur literature and education. (© Jacqueline Larma/AP Images)

Uyghur educators face prison, death in China

The People's Republic of China sentences Uyghur educators to prison as part of a campaign of repression against ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, critics say.
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A free press requires an open internet

Free expression on the internet is a human rights issue, and organizations such as Access Now and the Freedom Online Coalition are standing up for it.
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In the United States, these creators can express themselves freely

Chloé Zhao and Khet Mar had to come to America from their homelands to tell their stories openly and without government censorship.
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A facade celebrating press freedom moves to Philadelphia

A stone tablet of the 45-word First Amendment is moving to Philadelphia, across from Independence Hall. Learn why and the message it sends to the world.