Freedom Of Expression

Drawing of Chinese dragon wrapped around speech balloon (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Why is China suppressing speech at schools in other countries?

Universities rely on free speech. But the Chinese government is using students in other countries to suppress political opinions it doesn't like.
Crowd of people waiting for food (© Eraldo Peres/AP Images)

In pictures: The suffering of Venezuela’s people

Venezuelans have long suffered under the illegitimate Maduro regime's corruption and mismanagement, which has driven millions out of the country
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Pompeo salutes heroes of Tiananmen Square [video]

Secretary Pompeo commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Chinese government's violent crackdown on peaceful demonstrators in Tiananmen Square in 1989.
Lit candles and a person's hands clasped in prayer (© Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters)

Iran’s ‘systematic targeting’ of religious minorities

A new report says Iran has heightened its persecution of religious minorities, including Muslim minorities that don't agree with its Shiite regime.
Drawing of person caught in cogs (Yasser Castellanos)

Cuban artists protest government restrictions

Cuban artists are boycotting the 2019 Havana Biennial. Their alternative show protests Decree 349, a law that makes independent artistic expression a crime.
Bearded man leaning his head on his hand (© Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS/Getty Images)

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.
Lone figure walking along narrow street in darkness (© Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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.
Infographic depicting actions that could be punished by lashing (State Dept./United Nations) (Photo © Hossein Esmaeli/AP Images)

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.