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Pakistan recognizes U.S. exchange program alumni with national awards
Pakistan recently gave awards to several alumni of U.S. government exchange programs. Learn more about their contributions to Pakistan.
Honoring human rights champion Andrei Sakharov
Prominent musicians will perform a benefit concert at Carnegie Hall in New York in honor of Andrei Sakharov, a respected Russian scientist.
Unlocking world literature for readers
International authors come to the PEN America World Voices Festival to share new perspectives with American readers.
Honoring defenders of freedom of expression
Authoritarian regimes continue to crack down on freedom of expression. World Press Freedom Day honors those who bravely speak out.
Americans turn to poems in April
Poets, of course — but local officials too — are finding new ways this month to engage people in reading, writing and sharing poems.
How technology can strengthen democracy
Activists are using technology to promote democracy initiatives. Find out how social justice movements use social media to build support.
U.S. report documents human rights abuses in 2022
The 2022 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices shows "a backsliding in human rights conditions," Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.
Russians in the U.S., and elsewhere, press for peace
Many Russians in the U.S. and around the world continue to voice their opposition to Russia's war against Ukraine.
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.