Two men wrapped in gold blankets

Two men who have just arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos watch boats filled with Syrian refugees approach the beach from the Turkish coast. The summer of 2015 saw a surge in the number of migrants and refugees arriving in Europe. The Open Society Foundations support endeavors to assist them as they escape conflict in their home countries and strive for better lives.

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Couples celebrate in front of the White House

After major victories for same-sex marriage in the United States and Ireland, the focus shifts to parts of the world where marriage equality remains a distant dream. In nearly 40 percent of the world’s countries, homosexual conduct between consenting adults remains criminal. The Open Society Foundations support efforts to end discrimination against LGBTI people everywhere.

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A protest in Baltimore

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.

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Muslim residents walking past graffiti

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.

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Telephones on a table

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.

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About George Soros

Investor and philanthropist George Soros established the Open Society Foundations to help countries make the transition from communism.

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Open Society Voices

From gender inequality to land rights, the factors that fuel the illicit drug market are also development issues, which is why drug policy must be included in the SDGs.

Few people have heard of the Financial Action Task Force, but its activities, whether intentionally or not, are causing problems for nonprofits around the world.



The Open Society Global Drug Policy Program and the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty convene a panel of experts to discuss capital punishment in the context of international law and global drug control.


Does the lack of adequate community support to Americans with mental disabilities justify a return to the asylum system? An expert panel discusses the history, ethics, and human rights concerns of institutionalization.