Freedom Of Religion

Monks lined up in formation in front of temple (© Sakchai Lalit/AP Images)

Protecting religious freedom: A U.S. priority

Religious freedom is a fundamental right and a U.S. priority. The State Department's annual International Religious Freedom Report monitors abuses.
Aerial image of mosque site in China (© 2019 DigitalGlobe)

China destroys mosques and Uighur culture

As part of their crackdown on Uighurs and other Muslim minorities, the Chinese government has destroyed or converted Muslim mosques.
Family eating at table (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Uighurs in America celebrate Ramadan

In America, Uighur Muslims celebrate Ramadan and observe Islamic traditions. However, in Xinjiang, China, these practices are illegal.
Lit candles and a person's hands clasped in prayer (© Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters)

Iran’s ‘systematic targeting’ of religious minorities

A new report says Iran has heightened its persecution of religious minorities, including Muslim minorities that don't agree with its Shiite regime.

Religious freedom: A basic right [poster]

Freedom of religion is a basic right in the United States. It is an important component of American democracy and of America's diverse society.
People walking over notecards left on train tracks (© Artur Widak/NurPhoto/Getty Images)

U.S. special envoy joins march in Poland to commemorate Holocaust

U.S. Special Envoy Elan Carr joined others to march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the sites of a particularly notorious Nazi concentration camp.
View of large building behind red and white barrier fencing (© Thomas Peter/Reuters)

Why does China ‘retrain’ successful businessmen?

The Chinese government calls internment camps in Xinjiang "vocational training centers," but a widely distributed photo tells a different story
Candles in the shape of the Star of David (© Romans Klevcovs/Alamy)

Americans observe Holocaust Remembrance Day

Every year remembrance activities in the U.S. commemorate victims of the Holocaust, and participants commit themselves to preventing future genocide.
Lone figure walking along narrow street in darkness (© Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

China’s surveillance state: An open-air prison in Xinjiang

Life for Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang is like living in an open-air prison, with cameras everywhere, police on every corner and no privacy.