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A Fresh Approach to Education Funding

February 19, 2014 | by Aleesha Taylor
At least 57 million children worldwide are not in school. Yet aid commitments to education are declining at an alarming rate. Innovative financing is one promising way to close that gap.

Case Watch: UK Appeals Court Disregards Evidence that Stop and Search is Discriminatory

February 18, 2014 | by Rebekah Delsol, Leah Wissow
There is a wealth of research that stop and search practices pursued by the Met are unfair. But courts refuse to look at the numbers.

Toward a Fairer Education System in Chile

February 17, 2014 | by Trine Petersen
Is an open society possible when education is segregated by one’s ability to pay for it? Giorgio Jackson explains the impact of recent political and social changes in Chile on the right to education.

Torture: It Can Happen Anywhere

February 13, 2014 | by Lauren Frohne
Torture doesn’t happen only in interrogation rooms. Sometimes it takes place where you might least expect it. Juan Méndez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, explains.

Who Benefits from Niger’s Uranium?

February 13, 2014 | by Ibrahima Aidara
Niger is one of the world’s largest uranium producers, yet almost 90 percent of the population lacks access to electricity. Why? Enormous corporate tax breaks.
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Another Side of the Struggle for LGBT Rights in Russia

February 13, 2014 | by Vicki Litvinov
A recent film festival shows that the story about LGBT rights in Russia is neither so bleak nor so simple as the media portrays.

Five Things Italy Needs to Do to Clean Up Its Human Rights Record

February 12, 2014 | by Miriam Anati
In the second half of 2014, Italy will take on the rotating presidency of the European Union. If it wants to step into the role as a credible broker, it has some work to do.

Grassroots Justice in Moldova

February 11, 2014 | by Diana Marian
Svetlana Secu didn’t know what to do. Abused by her husband, she needed protection for herself and for her children. She turned to a local paralegal.

In Bosnia, Protests That Can No Longer Be Ignored

February 10, 2014 | by Dobrila Govedarica
What’s the story behind the recent protests in Bosnia? And will leaders get the message before the situation worsens?

High Tech Tools for the Human Rights Lawyer

February 7, 2014 | by Elizabeth Eagen
Being a human rights lawyer is a tough road. A new research paper explores how technology can help.