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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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Want to Enhance Border Security? Improve Human Security

October 14, 2015 | Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh

Discussions of border security often neglect the human security needs of the communities whose lives are directly affected by what goes on there.

Washington’s Human Rights Award for Azimjan Askarov Sparks Kyrgyzstan’s Anger

July 30, 2015 | Masha Lisitsyna, Alexandra Cherkasenko

An angry response from the government of Kyrgyzstan to a U.S. human rights award highlights its refusal to address the legacy of interethnic violence that erupted in the south of the country in 2010.

Torture and the Pain of Others

June 25, 2015 | Masha Lisitsyna

For those of us who work on the issue of torture, the challenge is to understand—and force courts to confront—the pain of others.

Ten Years after Uzbekistan’s Massacre, the Tragedy Continues to Unfold

May 12, 2015 | Alisher Ilkhamov

In 2005, Uzbek security forces killed hundreds of demonstrators in the city of Andijan. The lingering effects of that tragedy should give pause to countries thinking about re-engaging the regime.

Inside One of the World’s Most Notorious Prison Systems

May 5, 2015 | Ruslan Myatiev

A new documentary sheds light on the atrocities taking place in prisons in Turkmenistan, where all but the rich face horrific treatment.

Can Armenia’s Ties to the EU Be Saved?

April 29, 2015 | Larisa Minasyan

Ever since it reluctantly joined Russia’s economic union, civil society space in Armenia has been shrinking at an alarming rate.

Could This Media Outlet Change the Way Russians View the News?

April 9, 2015 | Gregory Shvedov

At the independent media outlet Caucasian Knot, a small team of journalists is doing something almost unheard of in Russia: reporting the news without self-censorship.

Georgia’s Disastrous Attempt to Bring Prisons Up to “European Standards”

March 10, 2015 | Nika Jeiranashvili, Gavin Slade

The former Soviet republic’s Westernizing prison reform is a cautionary tale of why such overhauls only work with constant oversight.

Is Interpol Vulnerable to Political Abuse?

January 20, 2015 | Libby McVeigh, Alex Tinsley

The global policing organization is a crucial instrument in the fight against crime—and sometimes, a way for corrupt officials to hunt down their critics.

Kazakh Court Again Orders Police to Pay Torture Compensation

December 24, 2014 | Alexandra Cherkasenko

A court in Kazakhstan has again ordered local police to pay compensation to a torture victim, recognizing the country’s obligation to respond to the UN Committee Against Torture.

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