Freedom Of Expression

Students eating lunch in a cafeteria (© David Zalubowski/AP Images)

Chinese students welcome at U.S. schools

The U.S. values Chinese exchange students in its schools and affords them numerous ways to participate in their new communities.
Person in headscarf standing in hallway of prison (© Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters)

‘Unbearable pain’ inside Iran’s prisons

What is it like inside Iran's notorious prisons? Widespread torture, rape and other inhumane conditions are rampant, groups say.
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Combined 55-year jail time for defying Iran’s hijab law

The U.S. urges nations to condemn an Iranian court's sentencing of three women to a combined 55 years in prison for protesting the regime's hijab law.
Illustration of a man in a suit releasing a book in the air like a bird (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Academic freedom matters for everyone

Learn why academic freedom — the freedom to preserve truth and share information — is important to more than just professors and students.
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Honoring Simón Bolívar, liberator of South America

El Libertador dedicated his life to ending Spanish rule over the New World colonies that became Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Panama.
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Daughter of Uighur scholar fights for his freedom

Speaking at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, the daughter of a Uighur scholar described her family's persecution by the Chinese government.
Waving flag of Iran behind barbed wire fence (3D illustration © Novikov Aleksey/Shutterstock)

Iran increases persecution of writers, lawyers

Writers and journalists increasingly face arbitrary arrests and long prison sentences in Iran's revolutionary courts. What is the regime afraid of?
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New U.S. commission to tackle human rights

The U.S. announces the formation of the Commission on Unalienable Rights to review the vital role of human rights in American foreign policy.
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China arrests Mongolian historian

China arrested a famous Mongolian historian for his work on the suffering of Mongolians in China during the Cultural Revolution.