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U.S. criticizes China’s repression of Uighurs

The State Department voiced concern about increased Chinese repression of Uighurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang, including detention of the relatives of U.S.-based Uighur journalists.
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Just the facts: The State Department’s annual human rights reports

Want to know the human rights situation in a country? The human rights reports let you investigate its free speech, dissent, minority relations and more.
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Who are Sufi Muslims? And why is the Iranian government persecuting...

Muslims who practice Sufism — also known as dervishes — are often targeted by the Iranian government for arbitrary arrests and routinely harassed, along with Iran’s other religious minorities.
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An American laurel for translated masterpieces

The National Book Awards recently created a prestigious prize for works of literature, both fiction and nonfiction, translated into English. Authors, translators and readers will benefit.
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Trump: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps ‘brutalizes’ Iranian people

Iran's brutal security force oppresses Iranian citizens who are fighting for their rights and freedoms. The United States stands with the people of Iran who are protesting their government at home.
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Iran’s crackdown on freedom of expression draws ire

A new U.N. human rights report identifies continuing efforts by Iran's government to silence its own people and curb press freedom.
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Reviving the Kazakh language on Wikipedia

Rauan Kenzhekhanuly is on a mission to spread his native Kazakh language, and he's doing it through an unlikely medium: Wikipedia.
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America supports the people of Iran

See what American leaders are saying about recent protests in Iran.
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At the White House, North Korean defectors tell their stories

Some survived North Korea’s infamous labor camps, while others nearly starved. The eight escaped North Korea and met President Trump to share their stories.