Open Society Voices

Case Watch: Colombia Says No to Blanket Limits on the Right to Information

January 27, 2014 | by Emi MacLean
The governments of Colombia and Peru have both tried to impose blanket bans on public access to information about national security issues; in Colombia, the Supreme Court said no.

Tragedy in Romania: HIV and Shakespeare

January 24, 2014 | by Valentin Simionov
Romania would be better off paying for more Shakespeare festivals than for HIV-prevention efforts, the country's culture minister recently said. He has since resigned, but the belief may be harder to dislodge.
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How to Make Voting Meaningful for British Youth

January 23, 2014 | by Michael Sani
Just a quarter of 18- to 24-year-olds took part in the last UK general election. But that doesn't mean they don't care passionately about political issues.

A Deafening Silence Over Forced Sterilization in Uzbekistan

January 22, 2014 | by Judith Mazdra
Every year, tens of thousands of women throughout Uzbekistan are sterilized without their informed consent—and often even without their knowledge. Why isn't the international community condemning it?

America’s Secret Surveillance Court: What the Public Needs to Know

January 17, 2014 | by Aryeh Neier
Reforms are urgently needed to the secret court that rules on the electronic surveillance practices of the NSA and other U.S. intelligence agencies. Here's why.

Making Freedom of Information a Reality in Georgia

January 17, 2014 | by Vakhtang Natsvlishvili
The government of Georgia must now proactively disclose public information in a way that is accessible to anyone, thanks to the efforts of civil society organizations in that country.

For Profound Change in America, Think Local

January 16, 2014 | by Kenneth H. Zimmerman
By investing in partnerships among nonprofits, government, business, and communities, we aim to expand the potential to respond to the profound demographic, economic, and technological changes taking place in the U.S.

The New Civil Rights Frontier: School Discipline

January 13, 2014 | by Jane Sundius, Allison Brown
A new document from the Obama Administration aims to address the shocking racial disparities in who gets disciplined at school and how.

The Joint Africa-EU Strategy Must Support Civil Society

January 13, 2014 | by Marta Martinelli
If the Joint Africa-EU Strategy loses sight of its people-centered focus, it will become an irrelevant project for the populations of both continents. Civil society should be an integral part of ensuring this does not happen.

Drug Courts and Drug Treatment: Dismissing Science and Patients’ Rights

January 10, 2014 | by Holly Catania, Joanne Csete
Judges in New York are ordering patients to stop physician-prescribed drug treatment as a condition of participation in drug court, according to a new study.