Perhaps it’s fate that Human Rights Day is observed soon after Thanksgiving. Human rights, freedom, and democracy are all things for which Americans can give thanks. December 10 was first proclaimed as Human Rights Day by the United Nations General…
The Castro brothers are still laughing at the world. On November 12, the United Nations General Assembly elected Cuba to its discredited Human Rights Council. Meanwhile, violations of basic human freedoms remain the norm on the island.
Today in Washington, President Barack Obama will present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 16 individuals, including former President Bill Clinton, television celebrity Oprah Winfrey, and country music star Loretta Lynn. Although previous recipients were graciously invited to Washington to help celebrate the award’s fiftieth anniversary, at least one past honoree won’t be present: Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet of Cuba. He’d like to be there. Cuba’s communist government would rather he not.
One thing is certain — as long as Bob Fu is around, the fight for religious freedom in China will continue.
Twelve years ago this week, the Taliban regime retreated from Kabul. Children were finally free to fly kites, women emerged from behind their burqas and girls could again dream of going to school. Women and girls have made hard-won advancements. Afghan women have seats in parliament, run businesses and even serve as police officers and park rangers. In its treatment of women, the Taliban was one of the most brutal regimes the world has ever known. That legacy lingers in even the most basic aspects of life.
This is the story of Cuban dissident Fidel Suarez Cruz and it is now part of the Freedom Collection.
Through decades of hardship that included Nazi brutality and communist dictatorship, Poland’s Zbigniew Romaszewski and Zofia Romaszewska were able to build a life together as husband and wife (and as freedom activists). Their story is now on the Freedom Collection.
Earlier this week, the Bush Center welcomed North Korean political prison camp survivor Shin Dong-hyuk. We asked our social media audiences to submit questions about his experience and his ongoing efforts to promote freedom using the hashtag #AskShin. Here’s what…
This interview (conducted on August 15, 2013) is the second in a series of discussions with American and international policymakers who have been involved with efforts to advance freedom and democracy. We continue the series with a three-part conversation…
Next week the Bush Center will welcome North Korean political prison camp survivor Shin Dong-hyuk. Shin Dong-hyuk is the only known person to be born and raised in North Korea’s infamous gulags and to escape to freedom.
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