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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.

Can Police Help End the War on Drugs?

December 9, 2013 | by Karolina Walecik
When police in Frankfurt decided that problem drug users did not belong in a jail cell, but ought to be taken care of by social services, something amazing happened.

Robust Exchange or Offensive Libel? How to Handle Online Comments

December 5, 2013 | by Emma Goodman
How responsible should news organizations be for offensive comments left by readers on their sites?

A Victory for Extremism in Slovakia, and What It Means

December 4, 2013 | by Andrej Nosko
Elections in Slovakia brought a big surprise when the former leader of a neo-Nazi party won his campaign for governor. Radka Vicenová of the Centre for European and North Atlantic Affairs discusses the implications.

The Myth of Self-Inflicted HIV Infection

December 3, 2013 | by Daniel Wolfe
Why is it so easy to portray injection drug users who get HIV as the cause of their own or other’s infections?

For Europeans with Disabilities, a Move Toward Inclusion

December 3, 2013 | by Ines Bulic
For the first time, the European Parliament has adopted rules to ensure its investments support community-based services for people with disabilities.

A Chance for Europe to Stand Up for Justice over CIA Torture

December 2, 2013 | by Amrit Singh
The European Court of Human Rights has a chance to deliver justice in relation to the CIA’s torture program, underlining the failure of institutions in the United States to do the same.

Equality Under Pressure: Challenging Ethnic Profiling by Dutch Police

November 28, 2013 | by Gerbrig Klos, Rebekah Delsol
Sidney Mutueel is a chief inspector in the Dutch police. He has been a police officer for over twenty three years. Yet when he is off duty, he gets stopped and checked by the police. Why? Because he is black.
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When Storytelling Makes a Difference between Pain and Peace

November 25, 2013 | by Anastasia Bezverkha
A group in Ukraine is pushing for pain relief and other treatment by encouraging patients to stand up and tell their stories.