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Mukaddas Mijit with flower wreath on her head standing in front of sunny field and mountains (Courtesy of Mukaddas Mijit)

Beyond the crisis: A podcast highlights Uyghur culture

Through her podcast "WEghur Stories," Mukaddas Mijit is shining a light on the culture of a people who are often portrayed as victims
Desmond Tutu laughing (© Mike Hutchings/Reuters)

‘A gift to all humanity’: Remembering Desmond Tutu

A tireless advocate for human rights and democracy, Desmond Tutu inspired people the world over. See how Americans are paying tribute.
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Which Americans won awards in 2021?

Throughout 2021, Americans in a wide range of occupations were honored for their achievements. Learn how their work is shaping our world.
People around replica of Lady Liberty with original statue in background (© Adam Hunger/AP Images)

Replica Statue of Liberty reflects the ideals of her famous big...

A small Lady Liberty statue that France sent to the U.S. spent Independence Day on Ellis Island near her iconic big sister. Where is she now?
Man in city square holding large sign (© Moises Castillo/AP Images)

Standing firm against political detention

The U.S. works to free political prisoners around the world. Learn about several of those who have been unjustly detained.
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In the U.S., democracy begins in the classroom

American students are participating in the democratic process, from choosing classroom leaders to creating change in their communities.
Washington Monument standing in front of sky and clouds (State Dept.)

The future of democracy [video]

Democracy is how voices are heard and progress is made. Watch how living up to the ideals of liberty and equality takes constant work.
Hand with cross bracelet holding photo of young man in front of Nicaraguan flag (© Oswaldo Rivas/AFP/Getty Images)

Nicaragua’s elections: Neither free nor fair

On November 7, the Ortega regime used coercion, scare tactics and cronyism to declare itself the winner of sham elections.
A man pushing his mother, who is holding ballot, in wheelchair at polling station during elections (© Nabil al-Jurani/AP Images)

Summit for Democracy: Galvanizing hope and action

President Biden will host the Summit for Democracy, a virtual event with governments, civil society and private sector groups, December 9–10.