Freedom Of Expression

Female referee adjusting equipment before chess match between two women (© Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

Fearing hijab law, Iranian referee refuses to return home

Women are pushing back against the Iranian regime's many restrictions. Learn why another woman is considering not returning home.
Man riding bicycle in front of school (© Michael Fein/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

Some U.S. schools have religious roots [photo gallery]

The new book "Faith+ Freedom: Religion in the USA" shows how Americans worship, work and live together. Download the free PDF to learn more.
Iranian woman at desk (State Dept.)video

Iranian women: Before and after Islamic Revolution [video]

Meet a few of the remarkable women who were thriving in Iran before Islamic fundamentalists overthrew Iran’s government in 1979.
Illustration of a Chinese student under the outline of a thought bubble (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Why is Beijing afraid of ‘freedom of thought’?

As part of China's ongoing crackdown against academic freedom, the Communist Party changed the charter of a prominent university.
Pictures and candles for a Day of the Dead display (U.S. Embassy Mexico City)

Honoring local holidays is a U.S. diplomatic tradition

U.S. Embassy staff members around the world often join in celebrating local holidays in their host countries, honoring all religions.
Words in box and drawing of manacled woman (© Tomomi Shimizu)

Japanese manga comic tells story of Uighur oppression

Japanese manga artist's short comic telling the story of one Uighur woman's experience in the Chinese internment camps has gone viral.
Secretary Pompeo speaking at lectern (© Matt Rourke/AP Images)

The U.S. stands with the Iranian people

The U.S. is supporting human rights in Iran after the regime's brutal crackdown on the Iranian people's expression of basic freedoms.
A map of Europe that includes flag insignias of China and the European Union

Beijing’s attempted censorship in Europe

Beijing uses economic and political power to try to threaten European countries and institutions into censoring events and conversations it doesn't like.
Computer keyboard with Chinese flag overlaid (© Karen Roach/Shutterstock)

Chinese censorship is a global problem

China has the most repressed internet of anywhere in the world, according to a new report. Even people outside China aren't safe.