Freedom Of Religion

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Americans blend tradition, creativity for Rosh Hashanah

Learn how Jewish Americans are adapting their holiday rituals to accommodate the observance of Rosh Hashanah during a public health crisis.
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How the Chinese government uses language to oppress minorities

China's government is forcing ethnic Mongolian children to learn Mandarin in school instead of their native language in a campaign of cultural assimilation.
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U.S. opposes forced labor in Xinjiang

The United States is blocking goods made with forced labor in China and sanctioning the organizations responsible for Uyghur oppression and abuse.
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U.S. seeks to deter Iranian regime’s religious persecution

Senior Iranian regime officials continue to persecute religious minorities, issuing harsh prison sentences and blocking full participation in society.
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Regimes target the faithful in Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela

Authoritarian rulers in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela are suppressing religious freedom. Learn more about these regimes' attacks on religion.
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U.S. sanctions architect of Uyghur internment

The U.S. government has sanctioned Chinese officials for gross human rights abuses against Uyghurs and other ethnic minority groups in China.
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Unalienable rights are central to who Americans are

Americans’ commitment to unalienable rights has proved a beacon of hope for those abroad pursuing their own liberties, Secretary Pompeo says.
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What does a million look like? [video]

The Chinese Communist Party has interned 1 million Uyghurs since 2017. Learn more about the staggering scale of the CCP's internment of minorities.
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Report: CCP conducts mass sterilization of minority women

The Chinese Communist Party is forcing Uyghur women to undergo sterilization and mandatory birth control to limit population growth, a new report says.