social activism

Persian leopard at night (© Frans Lantinh, National Geographic Creative)

Why jail wildlife experts?

A Canadian-Iranian dual national — arrested by Iranian authorities for his environmental work and contact with foreigners — died during interrogation.
Nasrin Sotoudeh wearing headscarf (© Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images)

Political prisoners singled out for abuse in Iran

Nasrin Sotoudeh is among the more than 800 political prisoners unlawfully arrested by Iran's security forces. Learn their stories.
Group of cyclists on the road (© Misha Lytvynyuk Photography)

Ukrainian cyclists ride for peace across U.S. and Canada

Learn why these Ukrainian cyclists are riding 10,000 kilometers from Los Angeles to Washington, sharing their experiences and hope for peace along the way.
Young boy gesturing in front of picture of Nelson Mandela gesturing (© Ben Curtis/AP Images)

Nelson Mandela’s legacy of peace lives on

Nelson Mandela would have turned 100 this July. People all over the world are reflecting on what the anti-apartheid icon who died in 2013 means to them.
A mass of protesters (© Iranian Labor News Agency/AP Images)

World hears the voice of the Iranian people

Secretary Pompeo comments on the continuing protests in Iran over the ruling elite's mismanagement of the economy and other failed government policies.
People blurred in background with hands on the right draped in a rosary (© L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo/AP)

Ending human trafficking: A responsibility we all share

The 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report examines modern-day slavery around the world in an effort to end what President Trump calls a "horrific problem."
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The pride of the LGBTQ community [video]

Learn why Americans and millions around the world celebrate LGBTQ Pride during the month of June.
Woman in helmet and breastplate in front of women and girls in Greek costume in front of neoclassical building (Library of Congress)

An inspiration for women fighting for their rights

Women who fought for the vote in the U.S. faced stiff opposition. The way they prevailed serves as an example for women around the world fighting for their rights.
Illustration of a man with his mouth taped shut drawing a talk bubble (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Some protesters get creative

See how Iranians and other activists in the world challenge their governments' illegal actions using civil, nonviolent methods.