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El Salvador’s Sky-High Murder Rate Is Creating a Humanitarian Crisis

Gang violence is pushing death rates to levels on par with war-torn Syria, and displacing tens of thousands of people in the process.

Report
Montenegro: Elections Aftermath and the European Commission’s 2016 Country Progress Reports

This report discusses the aftermath of the recently held parliamentary elections in Montenegro, the European Commission’s need to focus on rule of law reforms, and the lack of transparency in the EU accession process.

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Undeniable Atrocities: Confronting Crimes against Humanity in Mexico

The Open Society Justice Initiative launches its new report on drug-related violence in Mexico, based on three years of research conducted in close cooperation with Mexican human rights organizations.

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Book Launch—Five Ideas to Fight For: How Our Freedom Is Under Threat and Why It Matters  
Leading human rights lawyer Anthony Lester discusses his new book, which presents a powerful account of what’s needed to protect our hard-won rights and freedoms.
Fact Sheet
Everywhere Justice: Delivering Community Justice Services at Scale

This series of fact sheets outlines a range of different approaches to the provision of primary legal services around the world

Voices
Four Countries That Opened Their Closed Institutions—and Prevented Torture

A look back at how a simple but revolutionary idea helped prevent torture in some of the world’s darkest places.