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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.

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.

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.

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Could This Media Outlet Change the Way Russians View the News?

April 9, 2015 | by Gregory Shvedov

At the independent media outlet Caucasian Knot, a small team of journalists is doing something almost unheard of in Russia: reporting the news without self-censorship.

Georgia’s Disastrous Attempt to Bring Prisons Up to “European Standards”

March 10, 2015 | by Nika Jeiranashvili, Gavin Slade

The former Soviet republic’s Westernizing prison reform is a cautionary tale of why such overhauls only work with constant oversight.

In Hundreds of Photos and Videos, Maidan’s Atrocities Take Shape

February 20, 2015 | by Roman Romanov

A trove of evidence has emerged detailing the crimes committed against Ukraine’s protesters one year ago. Now the International Criminal Court must act.

A General’s Guide to Building Open Societies

January 29, 2015 | by Chris Stone

General Balananda Sharma of the Nepalese Army, who led the demobilization of combatants after Nepal’s civil war, offers a roadmap for other countries trying to do the same.

Mass Executions of Drug Offenders Won’t Help Indonesia

January 23, 2015 | by Ricky Gunawan, Ajeng Larasati

On January 18, six people convicted of drug crimes were put to death in Indonesia, perhaps signaling a brutal escalation of the country’s war against drugs.

How a Legal Identity Leads to a Better Life

January 22, 2015 | by Neetu Pokharel, Som Niroula

A collaboration between government and civil society groups is making sure that every citizen of Nepal can access the documentation that grants them their basic rights.

Is Interpol Vulnerable to Political Abuse?

January 20, 2015 | by Libby McVeigh, Alex Tinsley

The global policing organization is a crucial instrument in the fight against crime—and sometimes, a way for corrupt officials to hunt down their critics.

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