Goodbye My Chechnya

Governance & Accountability

Caught in the Aftermath

As Chechnya struggles to rebuild in the aftermath of conflict, photographer Diana Markosian documents young women’s struggle with new, repressive laws.
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Students attend a gym class at School No. 1 in Serzhen-Yurt, Chechnya. After enduring the horrors of two wars, young Chechen women like these are now confronted by a period of peace marked by increasing oppression. This image is part of a series by photographer Diana Markosian, who aims to show how girls and young women are navigating their transition into adulthood in this context, and to honor their strength amidst the challenges they face.

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Image credit: © Diana Markosian/Reportage by Getty Images
Two men seated at computers

Health

Fighting HIV—With the Law

Russia is home to the world’s fastest-growing HIV epidemic, driven by injection drug use. But fighting HIV is about more than just providing clean needles.
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Russia is home to the world’s fastest-growing HIV epidemic, driven largely by injection drug use. A zero-tolerance policy toward drugs in the country denies access to harm reduction tools and treatment. In the absence of government services, outreach workers offer clean needles and health information. With help from online networks, they also offer legal advice. Lev Levinson, above, directs one such online resource, Hand-Help.ru.

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Image credit: © Guy Martin/Panos for the Open Society Foundations
A man boarding a plane.

Rights & Justice

A System in Crisis

Chronic human rights abuses are happening in the U.S. immigration detention system—at a $2 billion cost to taxpayers. Take a rare look inside.
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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.

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Image credit: © Kadir van Lohuizen/NOOR
Teacher giving instruction to students.

Education & Youth

Sharing Tools for Transformation

Everyone deserves to have choice in their lives. Advocates like Elizabeth Kamundia are building societies in which people with disabilities participate equally and with full respect for their human rights.
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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.

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Image credit: © Andrew Testa/Panos Pictures for the Open Society Foundations
Incarcerated men in a truck.

Media & Information

Visualizing Human Rights

We honor the brave and difficult work that photographers undertake to document complex social and political issues around the world.
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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.

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Image credit: © Fernando Moleres

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Zilka Spahic Siljak, visiting lecturer at Harvard Divinity School, discusses her work on human rights, religion, gender, and peacebuilding.

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Four civil society activists discuss the evolving human rights challenges facing Ukraine.

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