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Guatemalan Judge Faces Retaliation over Role in Genocide Trial

April 7, 2014 | by Emi MacLean
Judge Yassmin Barrios presided over the genocide trial of Guatemala's former dictator Efrain Rios Montt. Now she is under attack by his allies.

Understanding Identity: Muslims in the Netherlands

April 7, 2014 | by Marianne Vorthoren
Ahead of the EU elections in May, one Dutch organization is looking to answer questions about the Muslim community’s place in Europe.

Improving the Rights of Roma in Italy

April 7, 2014 | by Elena Cavassa, Anna Felicia Nardandrea
An Italian campaign is calling for the closure of "nomad" camps where Roma people are forced to live.

Uprising in Ukraine: How It All Began

April 4, 2014 | by Mustafa Nayem
When Mustafa Nayem posted a message to Facebook last November, he never expected it would lead to something so huge.

Somali Refugees in Amsterdam: Struggle and Opportunity

April 4, 2014 | by Ilse van Liempt, Gery Nijenhuis
Over the last few decades, thousands of Somalis have arrived as refugees in the Netherlands. What is daily life like for them?

For Somalis in Amsterdam, Problems Don’t End When Asylum Begins

April 1, 2014 | by Shamsa H. Said
The Somali refugee community faces more challenges than any other new community in Amsterdam.

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

April 1, 2014 | by Robert Varenik
Denying pretrial 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.