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Sent Home to Torture: Extradition in Central Asia

March 6, 2014 | by Katalin Szarvas
One man’s harrowing story offers a rare glimpse of a growing practice—where asylum seekers are sent back to countries where they face a serious risk of ill-treatment.
Grantee Spotlight

When Schools Become Targets of War

March 6, 2014 | by Trine Petersen
Around the world, schools, student, and teachers are targeted as a tactic of war. States need to take action to stop this appalling practice.
Grantee Spotlight

A Dramatic Effort to Address the Legacy of Bombing in Laos

February 4, 2014 | by Channapha Khamvongsa
Laos is the most heavily bombed country per capita in history. One-third of the ordnance never exploded, and continues to maim and kill. But the problem is getting some new attention and aid.

A Court Victory over Torture Raises Hopes in Kazakhstan

February 3, 2014 | by Alexandra Cherkasenko
In an unprecented move, a court in Kazakhstan has ordered the authorities to pay compensation to a victim of police torture, enforcing a ruling by the UN Committee against Torture.

A Deafening Silence Over Forced Sterilization in Uzbekistan

January 22, 2014 | by Judith Mazdra
Every year, tens of thousands of women throughout Uzbekistan are sterilized without their informed consent—and often even without their knowledge. Why isn't the international community condemning it?

For Indonesian Migrant Workers, Problems Start at Home

December 16, 2013 | by Elizabeth Frantz
Bolder measures need to be adopted by migrant workers’ home countries to minimize the risk of exploitation and ensure that rights are better protected.

Bridging the Health Care Gap in India

November 15, 2013 | by Fawzia Naqvi
The Soros Economic Development Fund found a way to help people in India access lifesaving care—and a successful business model to accompany it.
Grantee Spotlight

Four Photographers Share Their Visions for Change

November 13, 2013 | by Anna Overstrom-Coleman
Four photographers have been awarded Audience Engagement Grants to work with young people in New York City and the Lakota Nation, Kyrgyz migrants, and people with disabilities.
Grantee Spotlight

Catholic Universities Keep the Faith in Smart Drug Policy

November 7, 2013 | by Graciela Touzé
Drug policies centered on law enforcement have shown their limits, according to a policy brief from the International Federation of Catholic Universities.
Grantee Spotlight

Holocaust Museum Bears Witness to Plight of Burma’s Rohingya

November 6, 2013 | by Elizabeth B. White
The Rohingya are possibly the most persecuted people in the world today, yet few people are aware of their plight. An exhibit at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum aims to change that.