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Torture and the Pain of Others

June 25, 2015by Masha Lisitsyna
flowers on portraits of Kalief Browder

What’s Wrong with America’s Juvenile Prisons

June 26, 2015by Francis Guzman
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When Pregnancy Leads to a Prison Term

June 24, 2015by Lynn M. Paltrow
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Open Society Voices

Grantee Spotlight

An Anti–Drug War Ad Campaign Vanishes in Brazil

June 5, 2015 | by Catesby Holmes

Two days after the launch of an ad campaign questioning the war on drugs, the ads disappeared from Sao Paulo’s city buses.

Once Riddled with Corruption, Slovakia Sets a New Standard for Transparency

June 2, 2015 | by Gabriel Sipos

Slovakia’s commitment to publishing corporate and government documents online has caught all of Europe’s attention—including the country’s old partner, the Czech Republic.

Challenge and Hope in Baltimore

June 1, 2015 | by Bryan Stevenson

Justice comes when people struggle. When more people struggle, more progress is made.

A Well-Intentioned, Deeply Flawed Approach to Drug Treatment

May 29, 2015 | by Joanne Csete, Denise Tomasini-Joshi

On paper, drug courts seem like a smart, progressive way to help people kick their dependence. But a recent report suggests they may do more harm than good.

Grantee Spotlight

From a Refugee Camp to a Biophysics Lab

May 29, 2015 | by Laura Silber

Dr. Admir Mašić earned his PhD and became a successful research scientist. But two decades ago he wasn’t even allowed to enroll in school.

In the Run-Up to Elections, Court Declares Burundi’s Press Gag Law Undemocratic

May 28, 2015 | by Peter Noorlander

An oppressive law that ties journalists’ hands has been ruled in violation of democratic principles by the East African Court of Justice.

The UN’s Rebuke of Inheritance Laws Is a Victory for Women’s Health

May 27, 2015 | by Tamar Ezer

Discriminatory laws have left widows homeless when their husbands die. That may soon change.

Ireland Wakes Up to a Brave New World of Civil Marriage Equality

May 23, 2015 | by Peter Matjašič

Ireland has become the first country to introduce same-sex marriage through a referendum, thanks to a campaign that captured the hearts and minds of many Irish voters.

Earthquake Relief in Nepal Could Be Better if Civil Society’s Hands Weren’t Tied

May 22, 2015 | by Neetu Pokharel, Som Niroula

The government of Nepal is wrong to insist that all post-earthquake relief be channeled through the prime minister’s office.

The Law That Helps the U.S. Stop Heinous Crimes by Foreign Militaries

May 22, 2015 | by Lisa Haugaard

The Leahy Law requires the U.S. government to withhold aid from foreign security forces that commit heinous crimes. A new guide helps human rights groups leverage the rule.

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