Open Society Voices

The Politics of Fear: Latin America Backslides on Excessive Pretrial Detention

April 1, 2014 | by Robert Varenik
Denying petrial release to suspects, regardless of the potential threat, has become a favored strategy for politicians eager to present themselves as "tough on crime".

The Killing of Norbert Zongo: African Court Stresses State Obligation to Protect Journalists

March 31, 2014 | by Chidi Odinkalu, Ibrahima Kane
Africa’s top human rights tribunal has found that Burkina Faso failed to properly investigate the murder of a politically troublesome newspaper editor.

Standing with Ukraine

March 27, 2014 | by Leonard Benardo
Events unfolding in Europe’s largest country are of extraordinary importance—not only for Ukraine’s 46 million inhabitants but for the entire Eurasian region.

To Achieve Roma Equality, Europe Must Address Health Disparities

March 27, 2014 | by Maja Saitovic
For years the European Commission has recognized that inequality in health is a pressing issue. But it has made little progress for vulnerable populations like the Roma. We have a chance to change this.

A Roma Reality Check for the UK

March 26, 2014 | by Violeta Naydenova, Israel Butler
Roma have been portrayed as a threat to British society in the form of welfare tourists and beggars. The reality is rather different.
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Unraveling Puerto Rico’s Economic Challenges

March 26, 2014 | by Jason Garrett
What are the people living and working in Puerto Rico doing to confront the island's economic crisis?

In Latin America, Drug Policy Is a Human Rights Issue

March 25, 2014 | by Heloisa Griggs, Angelica Zamora
For the first time ever, a key human rights body in the Americas has begun studying the impact of drug policies on human rights.
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Radical Democracy: A Video Challenge for an Open Society

March 25, 2014 | by Peter Matjasic, Leonie van Tongeren
A video competition aims to turn political apathy into an opportunity to rethink democracy in Europe.
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Keeping a Promise to Black Boys in America

March 24, 2014 | by Michele Stephenson, Joe Brewster
A film about the educational journey of two African American boys becomes a tool for communities everywhere.

Development Decoded

March 24, 2014 | by Fawzia Naqvi
What is the best way to help Africa’s population benefit from the wealth generated by the continent’s natural resources? Marcelo Giugale of the World Bank explores this question and more in a new book.