Discussion with Manfred Nowak, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture
The Open Society Institute hosts a discussion with Manfred Nowak, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Nowak’s mandate has covered a broad range of human rights concerns, from Guantanamo and rendition to the institutionalization of people with disabilities.
In his five and a half years as Special Rapporteur, Nowak has issued reports on 17 countries, including China, Jamaica, Equatorial Guinea and Kazakhstan. Such reports have detailed not only the use of torture but also the often horrific conditions found in prisons and detention facilities in these countries. Nowak's discussion of his work will be followed by a question and answer period.
Irresponsible and Inhumane
The Trump Administration’s Unconscionable Refugee Policy
A rumored cut in the number of refugees accepted into the United States is yet another example of how the Trump administration is failing to uphold basic values of decency and humanity, hurting the United States in the process.
Honoring a Legend
Honoring a Social Justice Legend
Following 25 years of service, Herb Sturz retired from the Open Society Foundations in July. He leaves behind a legacy of work that lifted up lives, from the townships of South Africa to the classrooms of New York City.
THE FUTURE OF JUSTICE
Open Society President Patrick Gaspard on the Meaning of Citizenship
While accepting an award from the NAACP, Open Society’s Patrick Gaspard urged the next generation of activists to renew the promise of citizenship and never give up the struggle for true equality and justice.