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From a Refugee Camp to a Biology Lab

May 29, 2015by Laura Silber

Open Society Voices

In the Run-Up to Elections, Burundi’s Press Is Told Not to Report

May 28, 2015 | by Peter Noorlander

An oppressive law that ties journalists’ hands has been ruled in violation of democratic principles by the East African Court of Justice.

The UN’s Rebuke of Inheritance Laws Is a Victory for Women’s Health

May 27, 2015 | by Tamar Ezer

Discriminatory laws have left widows homeless when their husbands die. That may soon change.

Grantee Spotlight

Senegalese Rappers Set the News to a Beat, and Viewership Soars

May 22, 2015 | by Amanda Fortier

An online news program that features rappers as anchors has found huge success among youth in West Africa.

Case Watch: Time Limits Thwart Justice in East Africa

May 20, 2015 | by Tehtena Mebratu-Tsegaye

The East Africa Court of Justice's strict two-year time limit—and refusal to recognize ongoing violations—impedes access to justice.

Grantee Spotlight

October 3 Could Become an Official Day to Remember Fallen Migrants

May 13, 2015 | by Tareke Brhane

Over 20,000 migrants have died while trying to reach Europe over the last two decades. A day to honor their memories could be much more than symbolic.

Africa’s Rights Commission Targets Aribitrary Arrest and Detention

May 6, 2015 | by Stanley Ibe

New guidelines from the African Commission meant to improve arrest and detention practices should be greeted warmly—if also warily, since their success will depend on proper implementation by national governments.

Grantee Spotlight

A Legal Lifeline for Communities Threatened by Resource Development Projects

April 29, 2015 | by Marena Brinkhurst

Meet the volunteer legal experts ensuring that resource development doesn’t bulldoze people’s lives.

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.

Seeing Africa Through the Eyes of Poets

March 30, 2015 | by Amanda Fortier

On a small island off the coast of Senegal, 22 poets got together to “rethink Africa” at a residency hosted by the Open Society Foundations.

Amid Ebola Emergency, Political Problems Distract Sierra Leone

March 27, 2015 | by Tehtena Mebratu-Tsegaye

The sacking of Sierra Leone's vice president has sparked political tensions and fueled concerns about the role of the constitution and the rule of law.

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