Education & Youth
Looking Past the Poverty: Life in Roma Ghettos
The Roma are the largest—at around 12 million people—and most disadvantaged ethnic minority in Europe. Throughout the continent they face severe discrimination, are deprived of education and employment, and often live in extreme poverty. This is easily seen if you visit one of the isolated settlements typically situated on the outskirts of otherwise normal cities and towns in Europe. But these problems are not the only thing that characterizes the Roma. Above, a soccer field at the Roma settlement in “Budulovskej Street” in Moldava nad Bodvou, eastern Slovakia.Read more »
Rights & Justice
“I Am Kuwaiti”
Some 15 million people around the world are denied citizenship—they are stateless. Without nationality, they find themselves unable to vote, hold public office, or travel. In some cases, whole minority populations are refused access to even basic services like housing, health care, and education. Kuwait’s stateless bidoon are not permitted to enroll in government schools or universities, and they face harsh restrictions when applying for most formal sector jobs. In this photo, bidoon men sit at a diwaniya, an evening salon for discussion and debate. Like many young men, they are unemployed and without prospects.Read more »
Governance & Accountability
Burma in Transition
With the relaxation of censorship, newsstands have sprung up all over Burma, including this one near 49th Street in downtown Yangon, Burma on December 13, 2012. Still, challenges remain. Some newly uncensored publications have reported the possible hacking of journalists’ email accounts by the government. The government denies the allegations.Read more »
Improved Health Begins with Rights
Bassi Nelson is a transgender former sex worker who is now a paralegal for the Women’s Legal Centre and SWEAT (Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce). He provides legal advice by phone to sex workers who have been arrested or harassed by police. Nyanga, Cape Town, South Africa.Read more »
Media & Information
Can photography help describe what words alone cannot? We asked photographers for images that represent open society to them: images of diversity, of events symbolic of optimism and triumph, of openness and freedom. Above, a student rejoices at an elementary school. Chicago, Illinois, United States.Read more »
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Offshore financial secrecy has spread aggressively around the globe, allowing the wealthy to avoid taxes, and fueling corruption and economic woes, according to a new investigative journalism project.
Violations of human rights in health care are widespread in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. A series of how-to manuals offers lawyers, patients, and health officials tools for ensuring proper treatment and care for all.
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