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Why Your Voting Rights Matter More Than Ever

September 23, 2014 | by Erica Teasley Linnick

Open Society Voices

Why the Overuse of Pretrial Detention is an Overlooked Human Rights Crisis

September 12, 2014 | by Martin Schoenteich
Every year, millions find themselves behind bars, awaiting trial on criminal charges—victims of what is perhaps the most overlooked human rights crisis of our time: the overuse of pretrial detention.

Presumption of Guilt: 15 Arresting Facts about the Overuse of Pretrial Detention

September 12, 2014 | by Jonathan Birchall
There are an estimated 3.3 million people in jails around the world awaiting trial, or the finalization of a trial, at any one time—roughly a third of the world’s prison population. Many don’t need to be there.

Can the Internet Save Itself?

September 10, 2014 | by Laleh Ispahani, Chancellar Williams
The open internet is an essential condition of full and equal participation in the public sphere. This is why digital-rights groups, internet companies, and activists are uniting to protect net neutrality.
Grantee Spotlight

In South Africa, a Lesson in Equality 40 Years in the Making

September 9, 2014 | by Hugh McLean
In South Africa, 75 percent of the country’s young people are in poorly performing and under-resourced schools, perpetuating a system of social and economic inequality. One grassroots movement is working to change this.

Investing in Roma-Led Change

September 8, 2014 | by Zeljko Jovanovic
To make a real difference, the leadership of Roma NGOs must be more open, democratic, and accountable to Roma communities.

No Summer Break: Repression in and around Russia Has Been Heating Up

September 8, 2014 | by Viorel Ursu
The large-scale crises we see around the world today began with the kind of arrests, censorship, and everyday repression happening in Russia and the surrounding region.
Grantee Spotlight

These Roma Students Make Better Physicians than Musicians

September 2, 2014 | by Sebastian Krueger
Recasting the image of Roma and promoting inclusion are goals of a unique scholarship program for Roma medical students. In Romania, a creative campaign led by these scholars took to the streets of Bucharest.

What Does Independent Journalism Look Like in the Digital Age?

September 2, 2014 | by Marius Dragomir, Mark Thompson
Journalists and media organizations can find themselves repressed because of inadequate or deliberately repressive policy. Mapping Digital Media examines the situation in 56 countries.

Juvenile Life Without Parole

August 29, 2014 | by Esi Mathis
Some 2,500 minors in the United States were thrown behind bars with no chance of release. A new documentary highlights their plight—and demands that society do better.
Q&A

Lessons from the White Working Class Community in Stockholm

August 28, 2014 | by Antonia Zafeiri
The municipality of Botkyrka was the focus of an Open Society report on white working class communities in Stockholm. The report’s authors discuss how majority Swedes experience Sweden’s demographic change.

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