Open Society Voices

Justice for Eight in Crack-Cocaine Sentencing. Thousands to Go.

January 7, 2014 | by Nkechi Taifa
Clemency not only provides a measure of justice for people who have been unnecessarily incarcerated, it curbs huge costs to taxpayers.

Behind the Staggering Rise in Women’s Imprisonment in Latin America

January 6, 2014 | by Coletta A. Youngers
Between 2006 and 2011, the female prison population in Latin America almost doubled. Why? Harsh and ineffective drug policies.

Now You See Him, Now You Don’t: Switzerland’s Troubling Gaydamak Affair

December 20, 2013 | by Ken Hurwitz
Arcadi Gaydamak is on the run from a three-year prison sentence in France, linked to the Angolagate arms-for-oil scandal. Switzerland arrested him; then let him go.

Case Watch: A Step Forward for Constitutional Challenge to NSA Surveillance

December 18, 2013 | by Jessica Scholes
U.S. Federal Judge Richard Leon agreed that the Fourth Amendment rights of two plaintiffs had been violated by the National Security Agency's mass surveillance of phone metadata.

“We Are What We Remember”: The Open Society Archives

December 18, 2013 | by Jesse Dylan
From dossiers of the Czech secret police to photos of remains from a mass grave in Srebrenica, the holdings of the Open Society Archives are a testimony to our past and a resource for a different, better future.

Case Watch: European Union's Top Court Reinforces Same-Sex Partnership Rights

December 18, 2013 | by Zsolt Bobis
A recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) should harmonize the provision of employment benefits to same-sex legal partnerships in EU countries.
Grantee Spotlight

A Victory for Equal Education in South Africa

December 18, 2013 | by Jonathon Fairhead
The physical landscape of schooling in South Africa looks much the same today as it did 20 years ago. This is about to change.

Greece: What Lies Ahead?

December 16, 2013 | by Apostolis Fotiadis
As Greece enters a seventh year of recession, its social fabric is being stretched to the limit. George Soros, along with Greek leaders and experts, discuss how to move from crisis to hope.

Natia’s Story: Early Childhood Intervention in Georgia

December 16, 2013 | by Hollie Hix-Small
Eastern Europe and Central Asia have the highest rates of institutionalized children in the world. For many, placement in an institution begins at birth.

For Indonesian Migrant Workers, Problems Start at Home

December 16, 2013 | by Elizabeth Frantz
Bolder measures need to be adopted by migrant workers’ home countries to minimize the risk of exploitation and ensure that rights are better protected.