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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

Open Society Voices

Photographers from Central Eurasia to Document Human Rights Issues in Their Home Region

October 3, 2012 | Rachel Denber

The Open Society Documentary Photography Project announces winners of the 2012 Production Grant to Individual Photographers from Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and Pakistan.

Two Epochs of Central Asian Cinema: A Collection

September 18, 2012 | Andrea Csanadi

A DVD collection of Central Asian cinema looks at Soviet and post-Soviet cinema in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Kyrgyzstan, Europe and the Case of Azimjan Askarov

September 13, 2012 | Masha Lisitsyna, Jacqueline Hale

Kyrgyzstan needs to restore faith in its entire judicial system if it is to move forwards and undoing the injustice suffered by human rights defender Azimjan Askarov would be a symbolically important first step.

A Little Transparency: A First Step Forward for the United States in Central Asia

August 24, 2012 | Jeff Goldstein

Jeff Goldstein discusses the importance of transparency, combating corruption in the Northern Distribution Network, and public diplomacy in strenthening Central Asia.

Uzbekistan Deserves Better

August 21, 2012 | Sanjar G. Umarov

Lifting human rights restrictions when activists are jailed, media are censored, and forced child labor is rampant is not the way to convince the Uzbek government that the United States is serious about human rights.

We Do Exist: Gay Men and HIV Risk in Kazakhstan

August 17, 2012 | Heather Doyle

Recent research highlights the need for more effective HIV prevention for men who have sex with men in Kazakhstan.

Pardons are Not a Solution to Prison Overcrowding

August 16, 2012 | Kersty McCourt, Marina Ilminska

The first half of 2012 brought a bumper crop of prison pardons. But they are not an effective way of managing prison populations.

Police, Overdose, and Moral Responsibility

August 15, 2012 | Roxanne Saucier, Azzi Momenghalibaf

In many countries, people who use drugs are compelled to make the harsh choice between saving a friend who is overdosing and risking arrest.

Improving Education for Children with Disabilities in Kyrgyzstan

August 9, 2012 | Anara Nadirbekova

The story of Nurdan, a young boy with visual impairment and his journey from "special school" to mainstream education.

Support, Don’t Punish, Our Youth

August 8, 2012 | Anita Krug, Robin Pollard

For too long, the impacts of criminalizing the use and possession of drugs among young people have been hidden. The “Support Don’t Punish: Protect Our Youth” campaign highlights the damaging effects of drug criminalization