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.
Challenging Big Tech
Facebook’s Monopoly Power Threatens Democracy Itself
Facebooks monopoly power turns something as simple as logging on into a risk. It is time to reform social media platforms and lay the foundations for a true tech democracy.
Housing Is a Right
How One Community Defended Their Homes and Defeated Private Equity
In New Hampshire, the Open Society Foundations, a community development finance group, and a mix of local investors and residents joined together to keep 874 family homes out of private equity’s hands. It worked.
A New Puerto Rico
“We’re More, and We’re Not Afraid”
It’s been two years since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. In the time since, historic protests have forced a hated governor from office—inaugurating a new era of reform and political mobilization.