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Inclusive Education Reform Presents a Litmus Test for the Czech Republic

November 13, 2017Ostalinda Maya Ovalle, Štěpán Drahokoupil
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Is Judicial Independence Finally Coming to Kyrgyzstan?

November 16, 2017Shamil Ibragimov, Joshua Russell
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After the Storm: Building a Better Houston

November 3, 2017John Henneberger

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Q&A: The Promise of Resistance in Puerto Rico

August 31, 2017

Amid the island’s worst financial crisis ever, a fiscal control board has proposed deep cuts to Puerto Rico’s university system. Here’s how students on campus are battling back.

The Deep Roots of the U.S. Ban on Trans Soldiers

August 17, 2017 | Karen Stevenson

A proposal to exclude trans people from the U.S. military was greeted with widespread disapproval. But a new report reveals how often hatred of trans and gender-nonconforming people is not only tolerated, but encouraged.

Sri Lanka’s New Right-to-Information Law Could Save Lives

August 9, 2017 | Binaifer Nowrojee

For too long, government secrets held Sri Lanka’s democracy back. Now, the law is already shifting power back where it belongs—in the hands of the people.

Central Asia at History’s Crossroads

July 14, 2017 | Leonard Benardo

Central Asia’s long history of foreign and domestic repression is well known. Less appreciated, but just as important, is the on-the-ground progress happening across the region every day by civil society activists.

It’s Time to Overhaul America’s Broken Probation and Parole Systems

July 13, 2017 | Topeka K. Sam

In theory, probation and parole are useful tools in helping to reduce America’s prison population. But without badly needed reforms, these systems of federal supervision are just incarceration by another name.

Q&A: A Rotten Deal in Nigeria and the Global Movement for Transparency

June 29, 2017

As two major oil companies face court cases over a deal in Nigeria, Global Witness’s Rachel Owens talks about how activists are fighting for transparency and justice—and what the international community can do to help.

Why a Trial in Paris Marks a Milestone for Anticorruption Activists

June 16, 2017 | Shirley Pouget

The vice-president of Equatorial Guinea faces charges of investing funds in France misappropriated from the national treasury in a precedent-setting trial in France.

Italians Have a Right to Accountable Government

June 14, 2017 | Claudio Cesarano, Elisa Murgese

Italy’s freedom of information law has been in force since December. So why are government officials still refusing to answer Italians’ basic questions?

Caught on Film: What the Law Says About Filming the Police in Europe

June 8, 2017 | Roxane Cassehgari, Daniel Simons

The rise of social media and easily shareable video allows members of the public to film interactions with the police. But across Europe, this is now increasingly a contested issue.

Moving Beyond Institutions and Supporting Independent Living in Europe

June 8, 2017 | Katharine Boaden

A new documentary shows how deinstitutionalization has transformed the lives of people with disabilities—and underscores the importance of EU funding for independent living.

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