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Open Society Foundations activities in the South Caucasus, Central Asia, and Mongolia promote social progress and human rights by supporting programs, research, advocacy, and local organizations addressing issues such as democratic governance, human rights, and transparency and accountability.

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Recent Work

Voices
Washington’s Human Rights Award for Azimjan Askarov Sparks Kyrgyzstan’s Anger

An angry response from the government of Kyrgyzstan to a U.S. human rights award highlights its refusal to address the legacy of interethnic violence that erupted in the south of the country in 2010.

Voices
For Those Seeking Education Opportunities Overseas, a Link to the Outside World

For students living in places with little access to information, figuring out how to study abroad can be daunting. A network of advising centers is changing that.

Voices
Torture and the Pain of Others

For those of us who work on the issue of torture, the challenge is to understand—and force courts to confront—the pain of others.

Briefing Paper
Case Digest: Abuse of Detainees in Russia: Article 3 ECHR

This briefing paper summarizes 49 recent decisions delivered by the European Court of Human Rights relating to the prohibition of torture and degrading treatment (Article 3) within the Russian Federation.

Voices
Inside One of the World’s Most Notorious Prison Systems  

A new documentary sheds light on the atrocities taking place in prisons in Turkmenistan, where all but the rich face horrific treatment.

Voices
Could This Media Outlet Change the Way Russians View the News?

At the independent media outlet Caucasian Knot, a small team of journalists is doing something almost unheard of in Russia: reporting the news without self-censorship.

Open Society People

Jeff Goldstein
Senior Policy Analyst, Eurasia
Open Society Foundations–Washington, D.C., Open Society Policy Center