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How the United States Can Support Armenia’s Fledgling Democracy

January 16, 2019 | Tatevik Khachatryan

The people of Armenia have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enact sweeping anticorruption and criminal justice reforms. Here’s what U.S. policymakers can do to help.

International Prosecutors Fought Corruption in Guatemala: Now They’ve Been Ordered Out

January 10, 2019 | Eric Witte

The United States is acquiescing in the destruction of one of the few institutions that has shown success in targeting the main causes of Guatemala’s dysfunction.

Hungary’s Anti-NGO Tax Law Violates Free Speech and Freedom of Association

December 18, 2018 | Daniela Ikawa

The Venice Commission, Europe’s leading body of legal experts on democracy and the rule of law, has called on Hungary to repeal a 25 percent tax on NGOs working on migration issues.

The Overwhelming Evidence in Favor of Harm Reduction

December 14, 2018 | Katie Stone

Harm reduction services are cost-effective, supportive of healthier communities, and safer. It's time for governments worldwide to follow the facts, not antidrug prejudice.

A Pivotal Decade for the Movement to End the “War on Drugs”

December 14, 2018 | Diego Garcia-Sayan

Over the past decade, Open Society’s Global Drug Policy Program has supported reformers all over the world as they organize against the worst effects of the failed “war on drugs.” The future is bright, but challenges remain.

No State Accountability for North Carolina Contractor Who Helped CIA Torture

December 13, 2018 | Catherine Read

While far too much of the CIA’s activities during the presidency of George W. Bush remains hidden from the public, a new report helps to fill the gap by taking a closer look at North Carolina’s involvement.

Q&A: Defending the Right to Protest in South Africa

December 6, 2018

Despite its place in the country’s constitution, the right to peacefully protest in South Africa is often abridged. Here’s what the civil society group Right2Protest is doing to end this injustice and protect this key right.

When It Comes to Race, European Justice Is Not Blind

December 4, 2018 | Zaza Namoradze, Irmina Pacho

A new survey of 12 EU member countries shows that how people are treated by the police and the courts often depends on their race or ethnic background.

Supporting the Next Generation of Palestinian Human Rights Advocates

December 3, 2018

Al-Quds University’s Community Action Center’s Munir Nuseibah explains how a scholarship helped take his career as a human rights advocate to the next level—and inspires his work to help other Palestinians do the same.

Case Watch: South Africa’s Constitutional Court Strikes Down Restrictive Protest Law

November 29, 2018 | Sandra Coliver

A carefully reasoned ruling from South Africa’s Constitutional Court will reinforce the existing international jurisprudence supporting the right to peaceful protest.