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A New Champion for LGBTI Rights in Bulgaria

January 16, 2018Gregory Czarnecki

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EU Top Court Fails to Guarantee Muslim Women’s Right to Wear a Headscarf at Work

March 14, 2017 | Maryam H’madoun, Simon Cox

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that it is not direct discrimination on grounds of religion for an employer to bar workers from wearing religious clothing.

In Buenos Aires, Right to Information Helps Renters Get a Foot in the Door

March 8, 2017 | Sebastián Pilo

In a city where one-third of its population are renters, advocates are using a transparency law to curb shady real estate practices.

What’s Life Like for Women Who Use Drugs in Indonesia? It’s Time We Asked Them

March 8, 2017 | Claudia Stoicescu, Rima Ameilia

Police violence, social stigma, and poor access to health care are a daily—and poorly understood—reality for many women who use drugs. A new report is finally letting them tell their story.

Baton Rape Case Fuels Anger over Racist Policing in France

February 23, 2017 | Lanna Hollo

The sexual assault with a police baton of Theo L., a 22-year-old black Frenchman, has provoked both protests and calls for fundamental reforms in French policing.

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.

A Flourishing in the Deserts of Afghanistan. But for How Long?

February 21, 2017 | David Mansfield

A photo exhibition looks at the human stories driving a tenuous environmental revolution in Afghanistan.

How Access to Justice Can Stop a Problem from Turning into a Crisis

February 17, 2017 | Peter Chapman, Zaza Namoradze

To shape effective policy, we need to know more about the direct and indirect social and economic costs of unresolved legal problems.

Q&A: The Missing Voices in the Immigration Debate

February 16, 2017

A new study shows the media is paying more attention to immigrants in detention—but migrants’ stories are too often overlooked.

Q&A: Lawyers on the Margins Find Creative Ways to Help Their Clients—and Each Other

February 13, 2017

Given worrying recent trends, the need for specialized legal assistance to vulnerable groups continues to grow. But this collaborative network of peers is rising to the challenge.

A Victory for the Truth about Mexico’s “Dirty War”

February 8, 2017 | Mariana Mas

A ruling from Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice has given an important boost to those who want a proper accounting for abuses that included forced disappearances.

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