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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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“Rogues” and “Vagabonds” No More: Ending Africa’s Imperial Legacy of Absurd Petty Offenses

February 3, 2017 | Louise Ehlers

Archaic colonial era laws originally imposed to control local populations still endure in Africa, allowing police to harass and arrest people who have done nothing wrong.

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.

What the Trump Administration Needs to Know about Law Enforcement

January 27, 2017 | Marc Krupanski, Leonard Noisette

A recent statement from the Trump administration suggests a misunderstanding about how community safety and effective law enforcement work.

Case Watch: How a Decision on Danish Naturalization Law Leaves Issues Unresolved

January 26, 2017 | Laura Bingham

A ruling from the European Court of Human Rights glosses over the human story of a torture survivor's long struggle with stupefying bureaucracy.

How a Holocaust Commemoration Can Be a Starting Point for Today’s Roma Advocacy

January 26, 2017 | Andrzej Mirga

When a critical mass of Roma citizens learn their history, they can forge their own sense of identity—and use it to inform their activism.

Case Watch: Europe’s Human Rights Court Delivers Mixed Ruling on Migrants Rights (Part Two)

January 17, 2017 | Simon Cox, Giulia Laganà

In Khlaifia v. Italy, Europe’s top human rights tribunal found that migrants in migration “hotspot” facilities in Italy are being detained outside the law.

How One Man Made Greece a More Welcoming Place for Refugees

January 17, 2017 | Manos Moschopoulos

When Vasilis Tsartsanis noticed Syrian refugees arriving in his town, he decided to help them, an act of kindness that would change their lives—and his own.

Why Cologne’s Police Shouldn’t Brag About Racially Profiling 900 New Year’s Eve Revelers

January 13, 2017 | Nick Glynn

Stopping violence requires good intelligence—provided by people who trust the police.

Case Watch: Europe’s Human Rights Court Delivers Mixed Ruling on Migrant Rights (Part One)

January 13, 2017 | Juliana Vengoechea, Simon Cox

In Khlaifia v. Italy, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights weakened protections against mass expulsions, while finding fault with Italy’s detention policy.

“You Showed Us What Hope Looked Like”

January 12, 2017 | Kristen Bell

How a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor helped a group of incarcerated men find a reason to keep fighting.

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