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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.
Grantee Spotlight

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.
Grantee Spotlight

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.

Supporting a New Generation of Human Rights Lawyers

March 21, 2014 | by Anna Fischer
A new fellowship honoring Aryeh Neier is part of a broader effort to expand a network of expertise in human rights law and litigation.

British Parliamentarians Raise Statelessness Concerns

March 21, 2014 | by Simon Cox
British parliamentarians have voiced serious concerns over proposals that would change the conditions under which the government can strip nationality from naturalized British citizens.
Grantee Spotlight

Overcoming Barriers in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

March 19, 2014 | by Lauren Frohne
For many Palestinians, getting to the next town—to go to work, to a hospital, to school—may as well be going to the other side of the moon. One Israeli group helps them overcome the barriers.

Repairing the Damage of a Roma Eviction

March 17, 2014 | by Adam Kullmann, Kalman Mizsei
In the aftermath of a mass forced eviction, a coalition of organizations helped Roma families obtain a measure of justice.

Extreme Abuse in the Name of Drug “Treatment”

March 13, 2014 | by Roxanne Saucier
In private facilities across Latin America, drug users are often detained against their will and tortured under the guise of “treatment.”

Washington's War on Leaks Highlights Shortcomings in Law and Practice

March 13, 2014 | by Emi MacLean
The curent level of prosecution of leakers of government information in the United States is unprecedented—and threatens accountability in the security sector, as well as media freedom.