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Voices
Two Years After the Voting Rights Act Was Gutted, We Need It More Than Ever

Restoring this crucial piece of legislation is at least as important as taking down the Confederate flag.

Voices
Want to Stop Police Violence? Establish an Independent Investigative Institution.

Civil society is attempting to take police accountability into their own hands by demanding independent investigative institutions.

Voices
Torture and the Pain of Others

For those of us who work on the issue of torture, the challenge is to understand—and force courts to confront—the pain of others.

Voices
More Than a Decade after Kalashnikov, Russian Prisons Still Abysmal

An avalanche of European Court judgments has condemned Russian prisons as inhuman and degrading, but conditions remain at odds with basic human rights standards guaranteed by the European Convention.

Briefing Paper
Case Digest: Abuse of Detainees in Russia: Article 3 ECHR

This briefing paper summarizes 49 recent decisions delivered by the European Court of Human Rights relating to the prohibition of torture and degrading treatment (Article 3) within the Russian Federation.

Event
Film Screening: Justice and the Generals

This film tells the 20-year saga of the search for justice in the rape and murder by military forces of four American churchwomen in El Salvador. A post-screening discussion will focus on recent developments in the case.