The United States is deeply troubled by the September 27 conviction and two-year prison sentence for Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov in Russian-occupied Crimea. Mr. Umerov was convicted for his opposition to Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea and given a harsher sentence than the Russian occupation prosecutor requested. “This compounds past injustices in the case,” said State Department spokesperson Heather …
Mahvash Sabet, a leader of Iran’s Baha’i community, has been released from prison after serving an outrageous 10-year term because of the peaceful practice of her religion.
The people of South Sudan are experiencing the world’s worst food security crisis, one caused not by drought or flood, but by man-made conflict: a power struggle between President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar that spiraled into a civil war in late 2013. Famine was declared in part of South Sudan in early 2017, but with quick …
The Iranian government’s brutal intolerance of religious freedom continues. On August 27, a revolutionary court in Tehran sentenced Mohammad Ali Taheri, the founder of an Iranian spiritual movement, to death. He was charged with founding a religious cult and “spreading corruption on earth.” Mr. Taheri, who researched and taught alternative medicine at the university level, started an organization, known as …
At the release of the State Department’s annual report on international religious freedom, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson decried the lack of religious liberty in many parts of the world.
“Colombia,” said Vice President Mike Pence, “represents the future of Latin America. It is a future of freedom, security, and prosperity. And America stands with you.”
The United States will continue to devote resources toward improving counterterrorism capabilities of key partner countries, while at the same time focusing long-term efforts on addressing the drivers of violent extremism.
All religious minorities in Russia should be able to enjoy freedom of religion and assembly without interference, as guaranteed by the Russian constitution.
“Detaining political prisoners is one of the worst human rights abuses a country can do.”
“Mr. Liu dedicated his life to the betterment of his country and humankind, and to the pursuit of justice and liberty.”
The government of North Korea “sponsored human trafficking through its use of forced labor in prison camps and labor training centers” and more.
The United States has recently been made aware of new reports of the Congolese government and militias engaging in horrific human rights violations and abuses in the Kasai regions.