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Putting Human Rights First

November 27, 2017Aryeh Neier

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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.

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.

Pakistan’s Courts Need to Do More to Acknowledge Mental Illness

November 28, 2017 | Rimmel Mohydin

Khizar Hayat faces a death sentence for murder in Pakistan—despite being a victim of schizophrenia.

Putting Human Rights First

November 27, 2017 | Aryeh Neier

Promoting human rights has been a key element of U.S. foreign policy for generations. Abandoning this commitment would not only be a rejection of American values, but also counterproductive to U.S. interests.

Is Judicial Independence Finally Coming to Kyrgyzstan?

November 16, 2017 | Shamil Ibragimov, Joshua Russell

Sooronbai Jeenbekov’s victory in this year’s election could represent a breakthrough for those working for a stronger, more independent judiciary in Kyrgyzstan.

Inclusive Education Reform Presents a Litmus Test for the Czech Republic

November 13, 2017 | Ostalinda Maya Ovalle, Štěpán Drahokoupil

A surge in the anti-establishment vote in October’s elections has left the long struggle to end segregation of Roma children in Czech schools on uncertain ground.

After the Storm: Building a Better Houston

November 3, 2017 | John Henneberger

The unprecedented government funds to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey offer a unique opportunity to make a major down payment on equity.

Who Picks the Judges? On International Tribunals, Secrecy Too Often Prevails

November 3, 2017 | Christian De Vos

A new report looks at the often opaque processes surrounding the selection of judges and commissioners for human rights tribunals in Europe, Africa, and Latin America.

Why Dirty Money Is a Feminist Issue

November 2, 2017 | Virginia Rodríguez, Corina Rodríguez Enríquez

Their connection to feminism may not be obvious, but issues such as tax evasion and money laundering are ultimately about women’s rights. Because when austerity and inequality combine, it’s women and girls who suffer.

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