A child uses a megaphone to address hundreds of demonstrators at a protest against police brutality outside the Baltimore Police Western District station on April 22, 2015. Across the United States, communities are calling for policing reforms in the wake of several tragic deaths. The Open Society Foundations supports such reforms and works to ensure accountability and end discriminatory practices in law enforcement.Read more »
Muslim residents walk past racial slurs painted on the walls of a mosque in the town of Saint-Étienne in central France. In recent years, Islamophobia in Europe has been fueled by public anxiety over immigration and the integration of Muslim minorities into European cultural majorities. The Open Society Foundations have worked for over a decade to combat discrimination against Muslims in Europe and to make sure that Muslim minorities co-exist with equal rights in their national communities.Read more »
Roma councilor Gheorghe Tudor talks with workers about water pipe construction in his village, Mărginenii de Jos, in Prahova County, Romania. Such infrastructure projects, initiated in this case after Tudor brought Roma needs to the attention of the local council, show that endeavors by Roma to become part of the political process lead to concrete gains. The Open Society Foundations support the efforts of Roma individuals and communities to embrace leadership roles and affect systemic change.Read more »
From Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi’s internet surveillance center, located in a six-story building in Tripoli, agents of the Libyan dictator monitored citizens’ movements and correspondence. When photographer Edu Bayer arrived there in summer 2011, it was an abandoned relic of a paranoid and oppressive regime. The Open Society Foundations support photography to engage and mobilize people around issues of justice and human rights.Read more »
In April 2014, less than two months after the Maidan, up to 5,000 demonstrators gathered at a pro-Ukrainian rally in the city of Donetsk. The Open Society Foundations support the efforts of groups and individuals working in Ukraine to create a society in which justice, democracy, and freedom of expression can thrive.Read more »
Open Society Voices
Migrants seeking asylum in Europe don’t arrive with tidy suitcases filled with evidence to make their case—yet all too often, that’s what interviewers expect.
Around the world, small squadrons of journalists who speed-check facts and figures are changing how media works—and holding public officials to their word.