Governance & Accountability
Caught in the Aftermath
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.Read more »
Fighting HIV—With the Law
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.Read more »
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 »
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 »
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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More governments around the world are pushing for drug policies that respect human rights, promote public health, and reduce crime.
Wouldn’t you like to give those in power a report card? This is what citizen engagement looks like, and it’s possible for all of us, according to John Gaventa, head of the Coady International Institute.
Zilka Spahic Siljak, visiting lecturer at Harvard Divinity School, discusses her work on human rights, religion, gender, and peacebuilding.
Four civil society activists discuss the evolving human rights challenges facing Ukraine.
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