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Battling the Muslim Ban

December 27, 2017Farhana Khera
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A New Champion for LGBTI Rights in Bulgaria

January 16, 2018Gregory Czarnecki

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A New Champion for LGBTI Rights in Bulgaria

January 16, 2018 | Gregory Czarnecki

In one of the least LGBTI-friendly countries in Europe, a new organization is helping young LGBTI people support one another, educate the public, and remove the oppressive weight of hatred, ignorance, and fear.

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.

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.

Dutch Antiterrorism Detention Units Fall Short on Human Rights

October 30, 2017 | Jonathan Horowitz

Both suspects and convicted prisoners alike face long hours of solitary detention, strip searches, and restrictions on family visits, with no prospect of review.

The Theater Challenging One of the World’s Most Repressive Governments

October 23, 2017 | Rashida Bumbray

The Belarus Free Theatre has long been a monument to democracy and human rights—and the target of one of the world’s worst dictatorships. Cofounder Natalia Kaliada explains why, despite the persecution, the show goes on.

How the EU Is Failing Whistleblowers

October 13, 2017 | Peter Matjašič

In order for governments to be held accountable, those who flag corruption from the inside must be supported and protected from retaliation. In this respect, unfortunately, the EU and many member states are falling short.

How Attorneys in Ukraine Can Use Health Law to Save Lives

September 13, 2017 | Naomi Burke-Shyne, Olena Kucheruk

In Ukraine and other parts of the world, attorneys who understand how laws governing justice and health intersect have a much better chance of protecting their clients—both literally and legally.

A Message from Wales on Refugees: “People Are Very Keen to Help”

July 14, 2017 | Gregory Maniatis

Across the UK, a community-based sponsorship program is offering an alternative approach to refugee resettlement.

With NGOs Under Attack, the European Union Needs an Early Action Plan

June 29, 2017 | Kersty McCourt

The European Union’s commitment to a “sharper and more coherent” effort to support embattled civil society groups around the world requires a bold and structured approach.

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.

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