freedom of expression
Russians in the U.S., and elsewhere, press for peace
Many Russians in the U.S. and around the world continue to voice their opposition to Russia's war against Ukraine.
In the U.S., democracy begins in the classroom
American students are participating in the democratic process, from choosing classroom leaders to creating change in their communities.
The importance of an independent press
The U.S. deemed free and independent media so essential that press freedom is protected in the Constitution. Find out why.
Honoring human rights defenders
Labor and women's rights activists, a journalist and a surgeon are among recipients of the 2023 Human Rights Defender Awards.
Political prisoners suffer abuses in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua
Hundreds of political prisoners in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela are subjected to torture and other human rights abuses.
Supporting human rights defenders
Human rights defenders face dangers for their efforts to protect universally recognized rights. Learn the State Department's role
Life in Russia-occupied Ukraine
Ukrainians are trying to rebuild their lives after Russia's attempts to erase their independent traditions and control their borders.
Hip-hop’s international influence
What are the history and origins of hip-hop? Learn more about the genre here and see how it has inspired artists around the world.
Authoritarian regimes continue jailing journalists
Authoritarian regimes continue to jail journalists around the world. Learn more about the problem and how the U.S. supports independent news.