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Meet the New Disability Rights Defenders

April 23, 2015 | by Leon Mar

Open Society’s Disability Rights Scholarship Program is cultivating a new generation of lawyers and advocates who can fight for disability rights for years to come.

Grantee Spotlight

Five Photographers Present Journeys Toward Freedom, Safety, and Self-Determination

April 21, 2015 | by Siobhan Riordan

From the creative act of authorship to the formidable journey to escape slavery, the stories highlighted in the next installment of the Moving Walls photography series explore people in pursuit of new worlds.

Diverse Communities Embrace Multiculturalism with Surprising Ease

April 21, 2015 | by Harris Beider

A new Open Society report dispels the idea that multiculturalism is an unpopular phenomenon thrust upon a reluctant public.

The Transparency Law That’s Opening Up Pakistan

April 20, 2015 | by Samina Naz

A groundbreaking right-to-information law is already bearing fruit in Pakistan, as citizens and the media use it to shine a light on government corruption and inefficiency.

An Innovative Drug Policy That Works

April 20, 2015 | by Jamie Wood

A program that sends people convicted of low-level drug and sex work crimes to community-based services instead of jail is off to a good start in Seattle.

Q&A

Amid Occupation, Life Goes On for Palestinians

April 17, 2015 | by Will Doig

Photographer Tanya Habjouqa’s pictures of Palestinian life reveal a world that’s far more diverse than the news would have you believe.

The Tricky Practice—and Vast Potential—of Public Polling in Burma

April 15, 2015 | by Kathy Frankovic

A new study shows that even in a society where freedom of expression is restricted, pollsters can learn a lot about what people want from their government.

Punish the Sex Worker or the Client? You’re Asking the Wrong Question

April 14, 2015 | by Sebastian Kohn

Across the world, the political left and right have inspired new populist support to end the demand for sex work through criminalization. This threatens the rights, health, safety, and wishes of sex workers.

New UN Standards on Prisoners Will Strengthen Pretrial Justice

April 13, 2015 | by Marina Ilminska

The members of the UN are moving to update global minimum standards on how prisoners should be treated, to take account of how the world has changed in the sixty years since they were first agreed.

The Human Cost of Secret U.S. Drone Strikes in Yemen

April 13, 2015 | by Amrit Singh, Jonathan Horowitz

Courageous on-the-ground researchers give the world a look at the reality of a counterterrorism strategy that some in the U.S. government would argue is a model program.

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