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Governance & Accountability

Governance & Accountability

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Why Harm Reduction Is Crucial to the Fight Against HIV

November 30, 2017 Fionnuala Murphy

New research shows that the HIV epidemic among people who inject drugs is worse than we thought. National governments must reject the “war on drugs” and invest in harm reduction policies—before it’s too late.

Putting Human Rights First

November 27, 2017 Aryeh Neier

Promoting human rights has been a key element of U.S. foreign policy for generations. Abandoning this commitment would not only be a rejection of American values, but also counterproductive to U.S. interests.

Q&A: Looking for Answers on Law Enforcement Killings

November 9, 2017

According to a new study from Harvard, there is scant publicly available data on how many people are killed by police. What is there, however, is worrying—which is all the more reason why more data and research is needed.