Rights & Justice
A System in Crisis
While chained in restraints, a migrant from Honduras boards a plane to be deported back home at the Phoenix airport in Arizona. Every day there are five to nine flights to Central America. Open Society grantees are working for a humane, common-sense immigration process.Read more »
Governance & Accountability
Police officers question two men on a back street in London’s Brixton neighborhood. Police forces across England are using stop and search more than ever, with young black and Muslim men targeted with overwhelming disproportion. Nor is the problem isolated to the UK. Minorities and immigrant communities all across Europe—in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and elsewhere—describe widespread and persistent discriminatory treatment by the police. In the United States, police across the country routinely stop black and Latino men without cause. The Open Society Foundations are working to end police practice based on racial and ethnic profiling.Read more »
Education & Youth
Sharing Tools for Transformation
Elizabeth Kamundia, an Open Society scholarship recipient, taught a seminar at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy. The center is one of only a handful in academic organizations in Europe dedicated to the study of disability rights, and it is the only one with a dedicated program focusing on international disability law. The Open Society Foundations are working to include disability rights in more law schools’ curricula.Read more »
Bringing Justice to Health
“Doctor-lawyer” Immaculate Owumugisha of the Uganda Network on Law, Ethics and HIV/AIDS (UGANET), a grantee of the Open Society Foundations, discusses property rights with a client at a Kampala clinic where people with HIV collect their medications. We support efforts to make the law meaningful on a local level and enhance the agency of disadvantaged populations.Read more »
Media & Information
Visualizing Human Rights
Every morning dozens of men and boys from the Pademba Road Prison in Freetown, Sierra Leone, are taken to court. This does not mean that they will be judged; it may be years until their trials end. Some youth may spend several years in Pademba Road Prison before receiving a sentence. In his series “Juveniles Waiting for Justice,” photographer Fernando Moleres tells the story of young men and boys confined in an adult prison, as a deeply flawed justice system takes over and determines their fate.Read more »
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Open Society Voices
Diversity and freedom can benefit from one other. A new report sets out ways liberal democracies can successfully combine these two ideals.
They are the most rapidly growing segment of the population in the world. The rights of older people can no longer be ignored—including the right to palliative care.
Experts at this event will discuss Uzbekistan’s ongoing, systematic forced sterilization program, which has affected tens of thousands of women.
Our network of programs and regional foundations addresses key issues.
Making the Most of EU Funds for Roma is an instrument to connect the objectives of the Decade of Roma Inclusion to EU financial resources, and thus support European governments in realizing the targets of the Roma Decade.
The Open Society Internship for Rights and Governance supports students from selected top graduate-level programs to work at the intersection of public policy, advocacy, and human rights.
The Public Health Program works to strengthen the capacity of marginalized populations to advocate for better health policies and practices. We also push for greater government accountability in health care.