Open Society Voices

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.

Five Ways Drug Policy Reform Accelerated This Year

December 16, 2013 | by Patrick Gallahue
Here are five game-changing developments that occurred in 2013 that could mark the beginning of the end of the war on drugs.

How Improving Women’s Rights Helps Stop AIDS in Africa

December 16, 2013 | by Tamar Ezer
Women's property rights in Africa have been routinely violated, worsening the AIDS epidemic. Now, two landmark resolutions stand on the side of justice and women's health.

George Soros: It's Time to Make Justice Central to Development

December 13, 2013 | by Jonathan Birchall
George Soros argued at the UN in New York this week that “law is as central to development as health, education, or protection of the environment”.

Marijuana Reform Advocates Make History in Uruguay

December 13, 2013 | by Catesby Holmes
Uruguay is the first country in the world to establish a legal, government-controlled marijuana market. Meet the advocates who made this possible.
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European Court Strikes a Blow for Online Privacy

December 13, 2013 | by T.J. McIntyre
EU laws allow governments to track and store any citizen's online data. A European Court of Justice case aims to change that.
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Is Harsh School Discipline Necessary? That’s Up for Debate

December 12, 2013 | by Judith Browne Dianis
Programs like the Baltimore Urban Debate League keep kids out of trouble while making them better students.
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Is Diversity a Threat to Freedom?

December 12, 2013 | by Edward Mortimer
Diversity and freedom can benefit from one other. A new report sets out ways liberal democracies can successfully combine these two ideals.
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To End AIDS, We Must Fight Injustice

December 10, 2013 | by Ralf Jürgens
When people living with HIV can access the law, from a paralegal who is a trusted community member, barriers to health care recede.

Older People and the Right to Freedom from Suffering

December 10, 2013 | by Tamar Ezer, Kiera Hepford
They are the most rapidly growing segment of the population in the world. The rights of older people can no longer be ignored—including the right to palliative care.