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Governance & Accountability

Governance & Accountability

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The Deep Roots of the U.S. Ban on Trans Soldiers

August 17, 2017 Karen Stevenson

A proposal to exclude trans people from the U.S. military was greeted with widespread disapproval. But a new report reveals how often hatred of trans and gender-nonconforming people is not only tolerated, but encouraged.

Sri Lanka’s New Right-to-Information Law Could Save Lives

August 9, 2017 Binaifer Nowrojee

For too long, government secrets held Sri Lanka’s democracy back. Now, the law is already shifting power back where it belongs—in the hands of the people.

Central Asia at History’s Crossroads

July 14, 2017 Leonard Benardo

Central Asia’s long history of foreign and domestic repression is well known. Less appreciated, but just as important, is the on-the-ground progress happening across the region every day by civil society activists.