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Legal Troubles in Spain Loom for Equatorial Guinea’s Autocratic Ruler

January 5, 2018 | Ken Hurwitz

The leading Spanish newspaper El Pais has reported that a long-running police investigation has exposed a series of corrupt arms deals carried out between Equatorial Guinea and Ukraine.

Battling the Muslim Ban

December 27, 2017 | Farhana Khera

Every year, millions of Americans travel to see loved ones. Under the Trump Administration’s travel ban, many Muslim Americans are grounded. The legal fight continues.

Sex Workers Demand Justice

December 22, 2017 | Julia Lukomnik

A recent tragedy in Queens, New York, served as a reminder of the criminal justice system's disregard for sex workers’ lives. It’s time for policymakers to prove they mean it when they champion human rights.

The Unresolved Legacy of CIA Torture

December 20, 2017 | Matthew Hawthorne

In the years since the so-called torture report’s release, U.S. views on the practice have turned increasingly partisan. To revive the bipartisan consensus against torture, advocates must remain active, focused, and vigilant.

Macedonia’s Lessons for Fighting HIV

December 11, 2017 | Andrej Senih

When a key funder pulled back, many advocates for people in Macedonia with HIV feared the worst. But thanks to a mix of grassroots advocacy and targeted political outreach, the fight against the epidemic continues.

How Data Is Helping in the Struggle for the Right to Education in South Africa

December 8, 2017 | Allison Corkery

Winning a court ruling alone was not enough to ensure that schoolchildren in the impoverished Eastern Cape province of South Africa have decent desks and chairs.

A Blind Spot in the Movement Against Gender-Based Violence

December 8, 2017 | Olga Rychkova

When women seek treatment for their drug use, they often find themselves in unsafe environments. Activists working to end gender-based violence need to do more to reach out to these women and make them part of the solution.

Virtual, Inclusive, and Strong: How a Youth Group Brings Disability Rights Mainstream

December 1, 2017 | Kimberly O’Haver

An emerging youth group in Latin America is advocating for human rights with creative, innovative, and tech-savvy methods. What lessons can advocates elsewhere in the world draw from their example?

Q&A: What Real Inclusion for Nonspeaking Autistic People Means

December 1, 2017

DJ Savarese, a nonspeaking autistic person who is also a published author, activist, and filmmaker, explains how the U.S. education system leaves the thousands of people like him behind—and how we can do better.

Why Harm Reduction Is Crucial to the Fight Against HIV

November 30, 2017 | Fionnuala Murphy

New research shows that the HIV epidemic among people who inject drugs is worse than we thought. National governments must reject the “war on drugs” and invest in harm reduction policies—before it’s too late.

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