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How Mexican Human Rights Lawyers Found a New Route to Accountability

February 21, 2017 | Adriana García , Mercedes Melon

Mexican federal prosecutors must apologize to three indigenous women who were maliciously prosecuted and jailed—in a case that charts a new route to accountability.

EU Plan on Migration Will Only Give North Africans More Reason to Flee

February 6, 2017 | Srdjan Cvijic

Bolstering authoritarian regimes risks further human rights violations and populations more determined to escape.

Latin America’s Environmental Defenders Find Themselves in the Crosshairs

February 3, 2017 | Ana Paula Hernández

Of the 185 environmental activists killed worldwide in 2015, 122 were in Latin America.

Inside a Virtual “Situation Room” for West Africa’s Election Observers

February 2, 2017 | Mamadou Diallo

An online platform allows election observers to tackle problems in real time.

The New Phone-Based Tool That Lets Brazilians Monitor State Violence

January 30, 2017 | Miguel Lago, Guilherme Pimentel

DefeZap collects and catalogs user-submitted videos of state violence, then makes sure the authorities take action.

Brazil’s Groundbreaking Attempt to Get Corporate Money Out of City Politics

January 11, 2017 | Ariel Kogan, Ana Carolina Evangelista

In 2016, for the first time, all private-sector campaign financing for municipal elections came exclusively from individuals.

Against Ambivalence

January 5, 2017 | Chris Stone

Living in uncertain times is no excuse to relax our commitment to open societies—indeed, it obligates us to work harder than ever.

How One Courageous Whistle-Blower Exposed Corruption in Slovakia’s Government

December 20, 2016 | Gabriel Sipos

The story of an ordinary civil servant turned transparency pioneer.

In Tunisia, 62,000 Voices Call Out for Justice

December 12, 2016 | Salwa El Gantri

After half a century of human rights abuses, Tunisians are finally getting answers.

Hope on the Road Ahead

November 18, 2016 | Chris Stone

Hatred, racist bigotry, and sexist violence are not new. But the frequency and scale we’ve seen since November 8 are alarming.

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