Rule of Law
The Open Society Foundations work internationally to develop effective and accountable justice systems. Nationally, we support and train lawyers and community paralegals, and seek to make justice accessible to all.
This Reporter Helped Free 1,600 Yemeni Prisoners
Yemen is one of the most dangerous countries on earth for journalists. Yet against all odds, Wael Sharha conducted an investigation into unlawful detainments. The story of how his work resulted in 1,600 inmates being freed.
We Can’t Wait
A Travesty of Justice for Indigenous People in Mexico’s Prisons
Even though it passed with fanfare nearly a year ago, Mexico’s government has yet to enforce an amnesty bill that offered hope to many indigenous people who did not receive a fair trial in the first place.
Yuri Orlov and the Legacy of Helsinki Watch
Although he is not as famous as many other dissident activists of his generation, the physicist Yuri Orlov, who passed away recently, should be remembered as a seminal figure within the broader movement for human rights.
A Holistic Answer
Demanding a Just COVID-19 Response
As our grantees, partners, and allies work tirelessly to reduce the damage brought on by the pandemic, we at Open Society are committed to long-term reforms that will address the structural injustices worsened by the virus.
Rule of Law
Q&A: A Victory for Asylum Seekers in Hungary
Thanks to an unusually forceful judgment from the EU Court of Justice, the rights of asylum seekers in the EU have been reaffirmed and the dangerous precedent set by Hungary’s government has been challenged.
Power to the People
How the Law Can Empower Victims of COVID-19
Through legal empowerment and community-based justice initiatives, the very same people who are suffering the most from the pandemic can be given the tools they need to fight for justice and defend their rights.
A Warning Sign
A Power Grab in Kyrgyzstan
A new law proposed by parliament is not only an ominous development for civil society groups in Kyrgyzstan. It’s also a sign of how some governments may use the COVID-19 crisis to push an authoritarian agenda.
Our Emergency Response to COVID-19
To confront the enormous challenges raised by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Open Society Foundations are committing more than $130 million to support those who are most at risk.