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Fighting Anti-Roma Hate, One Story at a Time

May 16, 2018Mariana Berbec-Rostas

Open Society Voices

How a New Approach to Coca Will Strengthen Colombia’s Democracy

May 22, 2018 | David Restrepo

A new report shows how, after decades of needless destruction, a grassroots movement in Colombia is breaking from the failed “war on drugs” and devising new strategies for increasing prosperity and strengthening peace.

Fighting Anti-Roma Hate, One Story at a Time

May 16, 2018 | Mariana Berbec-Rostas

One Ukraine community’s response to an anti-Roma group offers a heartening example to all those who are trying to fight bigotry with compassion, dialogue, and understanding.

Mexico’s Criminal Justice System Is Failing: It’s Time for a New Vision of Reform

May 4, 2018 | Christian De Vos

Human rights advocates, as well as a diverse collection of artists and policymakers, are calling on the government to seek international support in order to reinvigorate a discredited justice system.

How Small Data Can Improve Access to Justice for the Poor

May 2, 2018 | Matthew Burnett, Tom Walker

Collective data drawn from individual case work can be used to identify what does and doesn’t work in improving access to justice for all.

What’s Changed (and What Hasn’t) Since the Rana Plaza Nightmare

April 25, 2018 | Jon Jacoby

In the five years since unsafe working conditions cost more than a thousand lives in Bangladesh, some progress has been made. But workers face fundamental challenges—including a state that’s still not doing enough to help.

Where Are the 47 Political Exiles Sent by Nigeria to Cameroon?

April 24, 2018 | Chidi Odinkalu, Tem Fuh Mbuh

A vicious conflict in the Cameroon region has led to the secret detention and disappearance of 47 political exiles—who, in a breach of international law, were sent back to the country by Nigeria.

What Europe’s Roma Know About Defeating the Politics of Supremacy

April 6, 2018 | Zeljko Jovanovic

This year, International Roma Day and a pivotal election in Hungary coincide. While many Hungarian politicians are promoting racial supremacy, Roma are celebrating their cultural identity as a force to achieve equality.

Rotterdam’s Top Cop Wants to Strip Fashionable Young Black People

March 30, 2018 | Jair Schalkwijk, Dionne Abdoelhafiezkhan

With his dog-whistle statements about young people, one of the Netherlands’ top law enforcement authorities has reminded the world that police must take responsibility for maintaining good relations with their communities.

A New Pact to Defend Latin America’s Environmental Activists

March 29, 2018 | David Danzig

In a region where political violence is still common, 24 countries are banding together to protect activists and fight lawlessness.

Kazakhstan’s Neglected Children

March 28, 2018 | Aigul Shakibayeva

In order to ensure that every child in Kazakhstan has a chance to flourish, the country's government must move beyond superficial reforms and implement new policies to support children with disabilities.