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Economic crimes and grave violence often occur in tandem. But commercial companies involved in facilitating serious international crimes—or profiting from them—have rarely been held accountable by international courts.

Open Society Voices

For a Better Future, Sudan Must Confront Its Past

May 10, 2019 Ezzaddean El Safi

With Omar al-Bashir no longer in power, the temptation to move beyond his regime’s crimes is understandable. But unless Sudan grapples with its past, it risks trading one corrupt dictatorship for another.

The Complicated Legacy of Indonesia’s Elections

May 6, 2019 Darmawan Triwibowo

Voter turnout for Indonesia’s 2019 general elections was higher than ever. But so was the use of rhetoric dividing voters along lines of ethnicity and religion. Can the country avoid the “illiberal democracy” trap?

A Worldwide Movement for Domestic Workers

April 30, 2019 Marina Durano

Despite their increasingly essential role in the global economy, domestic workers in many countries remain shockingly vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Thankfully, a global and worker-led movement is pushing for change.